Needed: Smart and Secure Cities
July 12, 2018 / Vaughan Emery
Municipalities around the globe have proven creative and resourceful in deploying wireless sensors, monitors, and other devices, collectively referred to as the Internet of Things (IoT), to transform the manner in which utilities, services, and systems are managed and delivered to enhance efficiencies while improving the livability quotient for the people who live there These IoT-powered smart cities are arriving just in time, as more of the world’s population gravitates toward cities, with the United Nations estimating that some 66% of the planet’s populace will be city dwellers by 2050. Along the way, Smart Cities USA forecasts that by 2025, 34 cities worldwide will have a population greater than 10 million. Cities already consume two-thirds of the world’s energy and the majority of other resources.