Smart Communities are the Heart of the Smart City Machine

Social apps provide an opportunity to build smart communities by pulling together citizens based on location and interests, and harnessing the power of the collective group.
These social-local-mobile apps (creatively named SoLoMo) have been generating a lot of buzz lately, but what exactly are they, and how will they change daily life within your city? SoLoMo refers to mobile-first apps that innately leverage a user’s GPS location to deliver contextual information, often within a social network environment. The simplest example is a check-in platform like Foursquare. But the smart cities of the future will be formed by applications that go well beyond location check-ins… to introduce neighbors, classmates, and co-workers, and actually knit the social threads of a community together through its citizens.