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Smart city technology can make cities more effective and efficient

They leverage information technologies to enhance service levels, citizen well-being, sustainability, and economic development

  • May 15, 2018 21:00
  • Author Monika Dimitrova
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Smart city technology can help cities operate more efficiently while improving services to citizens and businesses, among many other benefits. Smart cities leverage information and communication technologies to enhance service levels, citizen well-being, sustainability, and economic development. Smart city technology can make cities more effective and efficient, which is necessary given the projected rapid growth in urban populations over the next few decades. Advancements in “big data” and connected devices have allowed cities access to information that’s never been available before. A well-designed data analytics strategy gives city officials the ability to access and analyze a massive amount of information and easily glean meaningful, actionable insights.

When a city can monitor desired metrics in real-time, service levels quickly rise. Effective big data applications and strategies provide a city with information to identify and staff police in high-risk areas, for example, as well as forecast and plan for expansion in citywide population growth and identify trends in citizen interests, concerns, and needs. Big data and the Internet of Things offer endless possibilities to enable stronger decision-making. This in turn enhances the lives of residents by cutting costs and improving services.

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