"A smart city is a place where traditional networks and services are made more efficient through the use of digital solutions for the benefit of residents and businesses."
It is important that new technologies are integrated with the intention of benefiting the general population . For example, in its Smart City Charta, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety formulates some goals for digital transformations and defines what the political, economic, and social framework should be in terms of sustainability in a smart city.
When it comes to the term smart city, it is important to note its origins. The technologization of cities was popularized by information technology providers in order to create a new market for its products. Accordingly, the term is already considered to be an overused "buzz-word" by some. However, if municipalities follow the orientation towards the above mentioned or SDGs, the use of data makes sense and is necessary. "Digitization is not an end in itself, but to make our cities resilient, ... the opportunities of digitization and data collection must be used consistently." To reflect this, DKSR talks about "sustainable smart."