Are Smart Cities the Answer to Urban Woes?

 

Is it a smart move for governments around the world to continue to invest in smart cities?

By 2030, you will be 13 years older.  Think about it because it will be here before you know it.  And according to U.N. studies, “about 5 billion people will make a move from rural to urban areas. This will, in all probability, lead to a resource crunch and consequently affect the quality of life. Governments are investing in smart cities to better monitor the day-to-day activities and enhance the quality, performance, and interactivity of urban services.

So, what is a smart city?

A smart city heavily depends on technology to efficiently and securely manage a city’s assets, such as hospitals, power plants, water dams, universities, schools, and waste management, to name a few. Real-time monitoring systems, using sensors, are used to collect data from citizens, as well as public and private facilities, which give a detailed view of what is happening in the city. This allows city officials to interact with the community directly or indirectly. Use of IoT in these cities helps reduce costs and resource consumption. Besides, it helps governments give a real-time response to citizen concerns. A smart city analyzes the data collected from various sources for efficient use of civic amenities. This supports healthy economic and social development. It focuses on an e-governance model that encourages people to participate, leading to collective development of the city. Countries like Singapore are already adopting such features and budging towards becoming one of the first smart cities in the world.”

See the full article by Naveen Joshi:
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-governments-around-world-investing-smart-cities-naveen-joshi

Are you sold on smart cities?

Do you believe for those who can, an escape to the suburbs is the way to go?  Why?

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