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IS SMARTNESS THE PRIVILEGE OF CITIES? PILOT DEVELOPMENT AND APPLICATION IN THE HUNGARIAN-SLOVAK BORDER REGION

Viktoria Jozsa, Jozsef Kaposzta and Henrietta Nagy ()
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Viktoria Jozsa: Szent Istvan University, Hungary
Jozsef Kaposzta: Szent Istvan University, Hungary
Henrietta Nagy: Szent Istvan University, Hungary

Romanian Journal of Regional Science, 2017, vol. 11, issue 2, 12-26

Abstract: The objective of the article is to present a new conceptual approach towards the ‘Smart City’ concept and a potential pilot application focusing on smart rural communities in cross-border environment. The scientific approach is based on the basic concepts of ‘smartness’ but introduces a new conceptual avenue in connection to small rural communities. The research generally focuseson mid-size and large cities and discover several aspects of smartness that are connected to size, number of inhabitants, functions and large-scale infrastructure as prerequisites.The originality of the current paper is twofold as on the one hand it examines the concept of smartness from a yet understudied perspective that is the characteristics and opportunities of small communities,and on the other, it examines the potential adaptation of the concept in a cross-border environment. The presented conceptual model and the pilot application can contribute to policy recommendations and specific interventions in the future and to increased awareness and interest in ‘smart ruralism’.

Keywords: smart cities; smart communities; cross-border environment; analytical and empirical; research; conceptual model and pilot development (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q01 P25 O18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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