The Rise of the Smart City
Rapidly declining sensor costs and stronger communication networks have given rise to an increasingly more connected world. We're seeing this trend in our homes, our office buildings, and now our cities. Underlying the shift to "smart" is the growing inclination among users to have greater autonomy and control over their environment.
Nest allows us to control the temperature of our home without touching the thermostat, SmartThings lets us lock the front door through our smart phone, and Building Robotics provides individualized temperature controls at the workplace. But even more than our preference for greater autonomy, the ability to intelligently monitor and control our homes and buildings offers a massive opportunity to reduce energy consumption.
For cities, this issue is of increasing priority. With the urban population expected to double by 2050, assets across a city infrastructure--including grid and transportation systems--will be strained by greater demand. Cities across the globe are enlisting the help of established tech companies and innovative start-ups alike to develop solutions for their very own "smart city". At the core of these solutions are sensor installations across city-wide assets to gain insights into air quality, traffic patterns, energy consumption and more. However, the smart city is yet defined. Faced with a myriad of bespoke solutions, utilities and local governments are just beginning to launch pilot projects and initiatives.
Smarter cities of all sizes are capitalizing on new technologies and insights to transform their systems, operations and service delivery. IBM are leaders in this space and dedicated in transforming cities. A prime example is Kyoto, Japan – The city of Kyoto is utilizing IBM to optimize their transportation infrastructure to decrease congestion and improve health outcomes.
IBM are continuing with their mission by working on transforming 16 global cities including Dallas, Perth and Dublin.
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