Business Intelligence Putting ‘Smart’ in Smart Cities

Cities all over the world are using technology to transform the way people live. They’re becoming connected smart cities, not just regular cities. That means cities where technology is used to solve urban living issues, which could be anything from smart streetlights that automatically turn off when the street is empty to intelligent systems to improve transportation networks. Smart city is a phrase often thrown around but seldom has any real meaning. It can mean anything from having a new cycle path to providing fast internet, but in reality the definition is not something easy to find. Despite this, reports have emerged saying that solution providers for these new cities will be worth over $400 billion by 2020. Smart cities use Internet of Things (IoT) devices such as connected sensors, lights, and meters to collect and analyze data. The cities then use this data to improve infrastructure, public utilities and services, and more.

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