The COVID-19 pandemic has created a sudden rise of awareness of the unpreparedness of modern societies to deal with the consequences of widespread lockdown. But, says GlobalData Public Sector’s Tony Cripps, the shrewd use of ICT offers the potential for cities to finally channel their inner “smartness”.
Nowhere have the failings of modern society to cope with the global pandemic been more apparent than in urban contexts, where conventional ways of life have been unceremoniously brushed aside by the coronavirus, ushering in unprecedented changes to the way we work, travel, shop, spend leisure time, seek medical care and all manner of other aspects of everyday life that were accepted as “givens” just a few weeks back.