As communication technology is expanding its envelope of opportunities and possibilities, experts believe that Wi-Fi can be the connectivity fabric that can weave the concepts of Smart Cities of tomorrow and drive profitability for the Communications Service Providers and telecom operators. Powered by seamless communication exchange, smart cities are going to be amazing community hubs that will be more sustainable, efficient, and supportive of citizens information needs. The concept of smart communities is based on providing intelligent infrastructure solutions such as broadband, wireless connectivity, so that connected communities can thrive and open a new world of opportunities for the citizens. According to a market research, a city will be classified as a smart city only after it incorporates the feature sets of smart homes, smart buildings, smart energy, smart infrastructure, smart connectivity and security. Smart cities are supposed to provide next generation services that come supported with Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). Not only will the creation of smart cities generate huge value for the cities and their citizens, but great opportunities will also exist for the vendors and partners who help to create and operate these digitally smart cities of the future. However, the basic question which arises is how can partners such as infrastructure providers, technology and services companies, and communication providers gain more from their investments? And, what types of revenues can they generate by helping to create smart cities? This is where Wi-Fi can play a critical role in terms of helping the stakeholders monetize on their efforts. Smart City and the Importance of Wi-Fi All projects related to Smart Cities systematically involve the rollout of public Wi-Fi service for nomadic access. The best user experience is achieved through a transparent authentication process and the best practice is an instant access, based on the user’s device. Wi-Fi also helps in enhancing user mobility and connectivity across public places. As far as monetization of smart city based applications is concerned, it can be done with the help of Wi-Fi connectivity. End users can be offered real time location based services, advertisements, promotional offers and helps operators with an analytics tool and reporting for effective monitoring on the impact of the services launched and enhance it based on the results. Through Wi-Fi a centralized information repository can be managed thus enabling real time citizen services. In such scenario, consumers will get what they are looking for and thus, it will be a win-win situation for the entire ecosystem. Smart City Initiatives: Few of the illustrative smart city programs across the countries are: To know more on Elitecore’s Solution for Connected Smart City Click here.