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LABCITIES
2 days ago
LABCITIES
By Joan Torres

As the Internet of Things (IoT) gains traction and continues to expand, it is impacting every area of our lives and quickly turning “smart cities” from a futuristic idea into a reality. Across the globe, cities are becoming more connected, collecting data everywhere to help planners make smarter decisions and deliver new services.

A report by McKinsey estimates that by 2025, our planet’s urban population will grow by a staggering 65 million people per year. The pressure is on to meet the needs of this changing demographic, and smart cities are going to play a crucial role. The smart city industry is tipped to be worth $400 billion by 2020, with 600 cities across the globe generating 60% of the world’s GDP by 2025.

With 34 billion devices expected to be connected to the Internet within the next three years according to market analyst reports, applications are continuously being innovated to transform the way services are delivered. Approximately $6 trillion is being invested in ...

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Jürgen Schmidt
2 days ago
Jürgen Schmidt
Smart Consultant

Understanding the notions of Smart Mobility, Smart Energy and Smart Data in the context of the Smart Cities means to enter into a reality that already appears: that of the enormous challenges that represents for the cities the growing urbanization, without this supposing a loss of the Quality of life and poor management.

In the same way that urbanization is a problem, it poses great opportunities for the creation of Smart Cities, in which the binomial quality of life and efficient management are really possible.

This article is intended to introduce us briefly in these concepts, as well as to review their role in the framework of intelligent cities, created in the shadow of the revolutionary evolution that the new information technologies are having.

Walter Horsting
Jean-Paul Rouge
last week
Jean-Paul Rouge
Independent professional

With the enlarging world’s population, the urban areas are first to experience transformation; as people continue to flock cities for several reasons, such as employment opportunities, lifestyle, and more. It is further estimated that the urban population will witness a rise of approx 60% by the year 2050. And the IoT technology trend to contribute citizen-centric services through a precisely designed network of devices and sensors that facilitates intelligent communication between a user and a device or between two devices.

In order to solve the population density concern, there exists a great need to transform urban areas into smart cities. In this concern, the Researchers and Scientists have started analysing plans on how to transform urban areas into smart cities without hampering the natural existence. The most crucial areas related to the everyday lives of people comprise traffic, parking, railway system, infrastructure, water, food and other supplies. Hence, managing all of these became difficult with the increasing population in the cities.

LABCITIES
3 weeks ago
LABCITIES
By Joan Torres

Smart city development is in full swing, but it appears that city officials are leaving security by the wayside.

While the definition of what makes a city "smart" is still up for debate, in general, we often consider it a system of both traditional infrastructure and new, overlaying structures created from emerging technologies such as web connectivity, data collection and analytics, sensors, and mobile solutions.

Smart traffic systems to reduce congestion, surveillance systems to detect crime, LED-based street lighting with motion sensors and data-driven control of the smart grid and water systems are only some of the ways that a city can be considered smart -- but with all new advances in technology, there are potential drawbacks.

Security is the critical issue at the forefront of the minds of researchers and one that could cause chaos in urban areas unless we gain a handle on it now.

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