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The concept of a smart city is an emerging one that has attracted strong interest from researchers and practitioners. A myriad of research has focused on the adoption of smart cities, components of smart cities, use of smart and open data in smart cities, solutions for smart cities, the influence of the Internet of Things(IoT) and big data analytics in smart cities, and public engagement in smart city planning. However, following a systematic review of smart city trends, little research has been done on the implications of the trends in smart cities for researchers and practitioners, especially in developing economies. As an emerging concept, there are key lessons to be learned from cities that have been able to build sustainable smart cities. With some developing economies initiating smart city projects, it will be interesting to know the issues researchers and practitioners should pay attention to when it comes to the fast-moving trends in smart cities. Key among these implications are as follows; developing economies looking to build smart cities should consider a collaboration among public authorities, private businesses, and academia. Key stakeholders in the government and private sector could establish IS policies that will guide smart city initiatives. Developing economies should also understand the concerns for testing in closed environments, and pay attention to cyberattack.

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