Quite recently, it has been advocated that cities and civic hackers have been reshaping urban centers by deploying new technologies to address standard government issues and the challenges occurring as millions head to huge, complex metropolises. It does not matter whether they are working separately or together, they all are part of the disruptive and creative forces behind smart cities.
Take examples of Chicago, where every snowplow has GPS sensors that feed a real-time plow tracker map for public access. A citizen card in Zaragoza, Spain, allows you to access the free citywide WiFi network, unlock a shared bike, check out a library book, or pay for your bus ride. Similarly, in Manhattan sensors are installed in local sewers to alert people whenever storm water runoff overwhelms the system and dumps waste into local waterways.
Dr. Anthony Townsend, a research director in the Technology Horizons Program for Silicon Valley’s Institute for the Future and author of an upcoming book, Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia analyses and says:
“In a 7DEE class of the same name today, Wednesday, at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT, Townsend will discuss the $100 billion smart cities opportunity — or quagmire. He’ll lead us through the development of smart cities, point out some leaders in the field, and recommend steps we can take to participate in a movement that affects so many. Townsend will use his recent forecasts in areas such as the Internet of Things, big-data, inclusive urban development, cloud computing, and mobile information services and communications to shed light on the obstacles facing smart cities — and how to overcome them.”
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