Smart Cities

Smart Cities are urban developments that meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Energy conservation and efficiency are major focuses of smart cities. Using smart sensors, smart streetlights dim when there aren't cars or pedestrians on the roadways. Smart grid technology can be used to improve operations, maintenance and planning, and to supply power on demand and monitor energy outages.

Soon we’ll have technologies at our disposal ranging from public WiFi and waste management to online voting and automatic traffic routing.

As sensors become ubiquitous and more data is collected and analyzed, elected officials will gain a radically granular understanding of the city’s needs. They’ll be able to collaborate with engaged citizens in designing social and physical interventions that better meet everyone’s needs. Moreover, administrators and technologists can  design responsive systems that automatically adjust to the specific needs of citizens without constant oversight, cutting both costs and human error. As the city’s needs change over the hours, years, and generations, the city will begin to respond like an intelligent organism. It will adjust its modular infrastructure dynamically, providing exactly what we need without wasting resources.

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Smart Cities in Practice:

If there are topics that you think we should cover in this series,

please suggest them in the comments below. Like smart cities, this series is meant to be a dialogue.

Transportation and Mobility:

Topics will include: autonomous vehicles, parking, traffic control,

public transportation, and road design.

Smart Infrastructure:

Topics will include: water supply, waste management, urban agriculture, and smart planning.

Smart Energy: 

Topics will include: clean energy sources, decentralized distribution, microgrids,

and energy efficient technology.

Governance: 

Topics will include: education, open data, policing, smart contracts, and

the future of voting.

Smart Living: 

Topics will include: the future of healthcare, smart buildings, consumer technology,

and smart entertainment.