We live in a rapidly urbanizing world, in which two-thirds of the population will live in cities by 2050, adding another 2.5 billion city-dwellers to the current just over 4 billion urban residents.
Smart cities are the ultimate in interconnected, intelligent infrastructure, with services, devices and systems linked that encompass simple inputs such as sensors on waste bins or controls for streetlighting to complex citizen services composed of multiple systems integrating with each other to enable smart transportation or connected vehicles.
The connection of infrastructure and services in a city includes buildings, businesses and municipal assets, and operates alongside smart buildings, smart vehicles and smart utilities. The common goal is to make money, save money or achieve compliance. Often, it’s all three.