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A Multi-criteria GIS Based Methodology for Smart Cities Site Selection

  • Nada A. Fashal
  • Ghada A. El KhayatEmail author
  • Boshra B. Salem
  • Saleh M. El Kaffas
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 947)

Abstract

Building a Smart City (SC) is a practically irreversible decision that needs large investments. The success of a smart city in realizing its objectives of economic prosperity largely depends on its ability to reach its full potential; which in turn depends on its location. This research contributes a site selection method for SCs that satisfies the decision maker’s criteria. Through the analysis of relevant literature, the main criteria to be considered when locating a SC were identified. Interviews with subject matter experts enabled retaining the most relevant criteria to the Egyptian reality. Layers corresponding to these criteria were built in a Geographic Information System (GIS). The Intersect process was then applied to perform site selection and identify the region respecting the decision maker’s criteria. The developed GIS-Based Multi-Criteria Evaluation (MCE) methodology was tested on a study area that spans Alexandria, El Beheira and Matrouh governorates in Egypt. The prototype developed is a very beneficial instrument that enables facts based decision making as opposed to the current subjective practices used in selecting a SC location.

Keywords

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Smart Cities (SC) Knowledge Precincts (KP) Site selection Multi-Criteria Evaluation (MCE) Decision support Location analysis 

Notes

Acknowledgement

The authors would like to thank Mr. Ahmed El-Sobky (ITIDA and Chairman of Silicon Waha), Dr. Mohamed Meheina (Bibliotheca Alexandrina), Dr Walaa Sheta (Dean of the Institute of Informatics) and Eng. Mohamed Hanafy (ITI) who acted as subject matter experts in this research.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nada A. Fashal
    • 1
  • Ghada A. El Khayat
    • 1
    Email author
  • Boshra B. Salem
    • 2
  • Saleh M. El Kaffas
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of CommerceAlexandria UniversityAlexandriaEgypt
  2. 2.Faculty of ScienceAlexandria UniversityAlexandriaEgypt
  3. 3.Faculty of Computers and InformationArab Academy for Science and Technology and Maritime TransportAlexandriaEgypt

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