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Cities About to Get Smarter

The population of the world’s cities are continually expanding, increasing the demand for IT infrastructure to keep up with the growth. To continue such expansion, better systems are needed and thoughts are turning to smart technology.

According to Forbes, more than half of the globe’s population lives in cities that all together cover no more than 2% of the world’s land cover. That’s 60% of all people, squeezed into a very small area at the same time. In order to see sustainable and livable areas, it’s vital that IT infrastructure acclimates to these factors.

Miami is a good example of a city striving to accommodate growth, using analytics systems to monitor water usage, police reports and traffic flow. The city is becoming “smart”, and is successfully capturing data from connected devices and inhabitants’ social media activity in real time.

Turning to such “smart” systems in the future is increasingly being seen as the most effective way to benefit a city’s residents and overall management.

Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/centurylink/2013/07/09/it-infrastructure-2020-get-ready-for-smart-and-connected-cities-infographic/