-Editor's Note: The following is a guest post from Clint Vince, chair of Dentons' US Energy practice and co-chair of Dentons' global Energy sector, and Jennifer Morrissey, counsel in Dentons' Energy practice.
In the midst of the massive urban growth across the globe, there is tremendous hype in town halls, board rooms and media about making cities and communities "smarter" — yet the definition of a "smart city" is elusive.
Conversations about smart cities often convey complexity, with primary focus on technology. And while technology is the key enabler for smart cities, it is not an end in itself. The point of a smart city is to improve the lives of residents and businesses through the application of advanced technologies and data-driven decisions and operations.