There’s no one right way to use data to improve public services and quality of life.
Thanks to widespread connectivity and the emergence of Internet of Things (IoT) sensors and applications, cities around the world are rolling out systems designed to gather and analyze data for the public good. From connected LED streetlights to dynamic traffic monitoring, cities are investing in solutions that save money, deliver services more effectively, and make more efficient use of resources.
But no two cities identical, and the term “smart cities” encompasses a wide array of solutions meant to solve problems on a civic scale. In fact, some government and technology leaders even bristle at the term “smart cities” itself, thinking it places too much emphasis on prototype, whiz-bang technologies, and not enough on solving actual problems.
Still, cities around the globe are solving problems with IT through a variety of different approaches. Here are three that have been successful: