Technology can play an important and often decisive role in tackling urban problems. But the smart city of the future is more likely to be defined by quieter upgrades to existing infrastructure and new partnerships that better represent residents, than flashy new developments that resemble visions from science fiction.
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Despite their recent surge in popularity, smart cities are not a new idea. In fact, their origins can be traced back a hundred years to the work of early 20th century urban planner Le Corbusier, who understood the home as a "machine for living in."Today, advances in technologies ranging from sensors to big data to broadband to artificial intelligence are making smart cities a reality.
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Smart cities require the combinaison of very different types of sensors, smart meters, connected devices, etc. to create a consistent system that stretches as far as a city in its entirety. As such, they are the most ambitious use case of IoT.
Smart-city technologies such as 0G networking hold clues for successful large-scale implementations of the internet of things in enterprise settings.