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The Digital Transformation of Urban Spaces: Exploring the Smart City Vision in Azerbaijan

EasyChair Preprint no. 13663

10 pagesDate: June 15, 2024


The rise of smart city initiatives has become a global phenomenon, as cities worldwide seek to leverage digital technologies to address urban challenges and improve the quality of life for their citizens. Azerbaijan, a country in the South Caucasus region, has also embraced the smart city vision as part of its broader digital transformation agenda. This study explores the progress and challenges of smart city development in Azerbaijan, focusing on the capital city of Baku.

The research examines the key components of Azerbaijan's smart city strategy, including initiatives in areas such as infrastructure, mobility, energy, and public services. It analyzes the policy frameworks, governance structures, and stakeholder involvement that underpin the country's smart city efforts. Additionally, the study investigates the technological solutions being implemented, such as smart traffic management, intelligent street lighting, and integrated e-government platforms.

The findings highlight both the successes and the ongoing obstacles faced by Azerbaijan in its pursuit of becoming a more digitally-enabled and sustainable urban center. The paper discusses the social, economic, and environmental implications of the smart city vision, addressing issues of digital inclusion, data privacy, and the integration of emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things.

The study contributes to the growing body of knowledge on smart city development in emerging economies, providing insights that can inform policymakers, urban planners, and technology providers on the opportunities and challenges of transforming cities through digital innovation. The conclusions offer recommendations for enhancing the effectiveness and inclusivity of Azerbaijan's smart city initiatives, ultimately supporting the country's broader goals of sustainable urban development and improved quality of life for its citizens.

Keyphrases: Involvement, Stakeholder, Technology

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  author = {Kaledio Potter and Favour Olaoye},
  title = {The Digital Transformation of Urban Spaces: Exploring the Smart City Vision in Azerbaijan},
  howpublished = {EasyChair Preprint no. 13663},

  year = {EasyChair, 2024}}
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