As cities grow, the challenges they pose grow with them. But cities are hubs of diversity and innovation: and they can also become the source of solutions.
Smart cities use the latest innovations in the Internet of Things to become more livable, resilient, economically sound, and sustainable. Smart sensors and other smart devices—from street lights to power meters to traffic signals and beyond—are distributed throughout the urban environment. These devices work together with an open, connected infrastructure to collect data about themselves, the environment, people, and events. This data can be analyzed and shared via software platforms and mobile apps to save energy, streamline operations, and make people feel safer and happier.
A successful smart cities initiative relies on smart technology, but it also requires leadership and vision.