The rising idea of smart communities refers to rural communities that are able to develop their current strengths and resources, to tap into opportunities.
A smart-community approach to sustainable development is a socially-driven initiative and a radical departure from traditional plans and mechanisms that have hindered progress.
A smart community profits from changes to conventional systems and services that are being achieved through digital change and the use of advanced technology, giving everyone access to a network infrastructure by means of smart devices like smartphones, tablets, laptops, computers, etc.
However, availability alone cannot convey ideal services to the user community. Even with government backing, we may need multi-partner commitment and resident-focused projects to guarantee that the advanced system framework can convey sustainable development of comprehensive services.
By 2030 our smart villages will focus on digital transformation in the following sectors:
1. Health: the deployment of telemedicine and e-health services will allow patients to have remote consultations and healthcare workers to deliver efficient services.
2. Education: access to open and distance learning opportunities will enable capacity building for teachers and education administrators as well as provide across-the-board literacy and lifelong learning and skills programs for children, youth and adults.
3. Food security: e-Agriculture services can support efficient and productive farming capabilities among farmers.
4. Administration: single point administration centers can improve efficiency and the administration of service provision to citizens.
Energy and hydraulics: digital solutions can facilitate access to energy and drinking water.
Deploying and popularizing e-commerce and 5. e-Finance: Digital technologies can support access to finance and investment for commercial ventures and business transactions.