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Volume 45 | Copyright
Adv. Geosci., 45, 305-320, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/adgeo-45-305-2018
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  22 Oct 2018

22 Oct 2018

A Human Centric Approach on the Analysis of the Smart City Concept: the case study of the Limassol city in Cyprus

Maroula N. Alverti, Kyriakos Themistocleous, Phaedon C. Kyriakidis, and Diofantos G. Hadjimitsis Maroula N. Alverti et al.
  • Department of Civil Engineering and Geomatics, Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol, 3036, Cyprus

Abstract. The impact of medium-sized southern European cities challenges on the smartness of the city is a quite interesting case that is not quite analyzed yet. Our scientific objective is to find a simple understandable model linking human smart characteristics to a group of socio-demographic and urban environment indices, applied to the case of Limassol Urban Complex, the southernmost European city, with a total population of 208980. The data set of the analysis contains 25 variables in 3 thematic domains using as spatial analysis level, the 126 postal code areas of the most urbanized part of the city. The study results obtained through multivariate statistical analysis and thematic cartography using GIS technology. The results reveal that the human smart characteristics consist of the use of high-speed internet and broad band telephony, recycling activities, employment in creative industry, high educational attainment and open-mindedness (i.e. participation in EU elections), are significantly correlated with demographic dynamics and built infrastructure characteristics. Creativity and open-mindedness tend to appear in most densely urban areas, mostly occupied by indigenous inhabitants. Recycling and technology oriented smart characteristics are mostly correlated with no-native residents, and high educational attainment. In the outskirts of the city of Limassol the developing dynamics are almost the same with a greater blend between native and non-native inhabitants.

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The scientific objective is to find a simple understandable model linking human smart characteristics to a group of socio-demographic and urban environment indices, applied to the case of Limassol Urban Complex, Cyprus. The results reveal that the human smart characteristics are significantly correlated with demographic dynamics and built infrastructure characteristics. For instance creativity and open-mindedness appear in most densely urban areas.
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