A resounding message from our August 2013 report on smart cities in Latin America was that, for the great majority of cities, evolution to an internationally accepted smart city standard will be a hugely drawn-out affair.

It requires change and effort on many fronts - such as behavioral and cultural changes among governments, academic institutions, enterprises and citizens - not to mention legislative changes and the issue of investment in today's troubled economy.

Thus, we see initiatives labeled as Santiago 2041 and La Paz 2040, for example.

Updates on smart city websites and presentations from smart city conferences continue to push a familiar message: the need for collaboration, and involvement of all relevant stakeholders - which means sharing of the data needed for planning and running solutions.

On the surface then, the smart city movement has progressed slowly, which is to be expected, but that's not to say that Latin America is totally lacking in new developments in this area.

In this report, BNamericas identifies the under-the-radar advances that have been made in the smart city arena and elaborates on their potential impact in Latin America.


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