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Smart cities
Smart cities

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5 This week’s summary

This week you learned what smart infrastructure is and examined the benefits and challenges of its design, construction and management. You looked at sensor networks in cities and started to explore the privacy and security issues associated with them. You also explored different types of data, including open, closed and shared data, and how they can contribute to smart city innovations and your smart cities project.

Next week you will look at how to finance smart city initiatives. You will also explore how data driven innovation can contribute to economic growth and the role of digital social innovation in smart cities.

You are now half way through the course. The Open University would really appreciate your feedback and suggestions for future improvement in our optional end-of-course survey [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] , which you will also have an opportunity to complete at the end of Week 8. Participation will be completely confidential and we will not pass on your details to others.

You can now go to Week 5.