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Opinion: The smart tech that will power smart cities

July 04, 2019 / Stuart Sykes

Urbanisation is a huge global trend. In 2007 the world’s urban population exceeded the rural and in less than 40 years, 70% of the world’s population will be living in cities.This growth puts enormous pressure on ageing city infrastructure and services, the environment and affects quality of life for city residents and visitors. Close to home we only need to look at London to see these effects in action; long commutes, traffic congestion, urban sprawl, pollution, deteriorating work-life balance and a lack of infrastructure at city edges, to name a few. Added to this are inefficiencies regarding the use of data and a lack of optimisation that is failing to capitalise on the potential for improvement.