Here’s why smart cities are possible today
You’ve heard of smartphones, smart appliances and smart TVs, and now you’re hearing about things getting “smart” on a much larger scale.
The smart city buzz has officially arrived. Governments and private investors alike are suddenly racing to turn their cities into connected, high-tech hubs.
But while we’re suddenly hearing so much about it, the basic concept behind smart cities is nothing new. As the Colorado Smart Cities Alliance website says, “Examples of cities, towns, and regions being intelligent about their growth, focused on quality of life, and their envisioned futures exist from 100, 500, even 1000 years ago.”
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