A smart city is an interconnected system of communication and information technologies with the Internet of Things (IoT) that simplifies the management of a citys internal processes and improves the populations standard of living. A smart city enhances peoples standard of living and reduces the costs of work processes by automating activities that do not require the use of analytical skills. What technologies are the driving force for the development of territories today? What trends can we expect in the next five years? How can we improve the life of communities in Russia and Africa and impact the sustainable development of territories?