As part of the conference entitled “Sustainable Development in the Countries of the European Union II”, which took place at the Pavel Jozef Šafárik University in Košice at the Faculty of Public Administration, we published an article entitled “Implementation of Smart Cities in Slovakia – requirements and starting point”.
Smart solutions are the tools and mechanisms that will help cities cope with rapid change, which is affecting all areas of city management and life in these agglomerations and also answering city representatives question about future existence. To this goal, we will use several methodological procedures that will provide qualitative and quantitative research data and political and economic implications usable for defining future strategies in the implementation of smart solutions for cities and their functional areas in Slovakia.
At present, in the field of implementation of intelligent solutions of Slovak cities, comprehensive research of solved problems of application character is absent, also on the basis of real requirements of cities, or interest from all involved stakeholders, but especially the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic. There is a real societal demand to create research empirical data that would identify current challenges in the implementation of intelligent management systems of Slovak cities in a multi-causal relationship between public policy actors, local governments and business and economic organizations offering such technologies.
Peer-reviewed non-conference proceedings entitled: “Sustainable Development in the Countries of the European Union II.” is one of the outputs of the VEGA project solution no. 1/0302/18 “Smart cities as a way of implementing the concept of sustainable development of cities in the Slovak Republic”, which is being addressed at Pavel Jozef Šafárik University in Košice, Faculty of Public Administration, Department of Economics and Public Administration. The papers published in this Almanac support the research part of the researchers of the scientific project. At the same time, they create a professional and scientific background for further research and the creation of scientific hypotheses. The reader has the opportunity to get acquainted with new, highly topical issues set by the implementation of knowledge in the field of smart city management while ensuring their sustainable development.