IoT, social profit and security: Georgia Tech report outlines the future of smart cities

Study finds smart city technology will be contingent on businesses and city governments understanding IoT technology and the way it affects business models and citizens.

A new report released by a Georgia Tech-based working group said that the future of smart city technology will be contingent on  businesses and city governments understanding the finer points of IoT technology and the way it affects business models and the lives of citizens. The report analyzes, among other things, the risks and potential rewards of various types of public IoT, from an ethical, technological and practical perspective.

One key point researchers made is that IoT deployed in public spaces – in collaboration between city governments, private enterprise and citizens themselves – has a diverse group of stakeholders to answer to. Citizens require transparency and rigorous security and privacy protections, in order to be assured that they can use the technology safely and have a clear understanding of the way their information can be used by the system.

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