How Is Technology Turning Cities Into Smart Cities?
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How Is Technology Turning Cities Into Smart Cities?

By CIOReview | Tuesday, April 26, 2022

The growing popularity of 5G, the global adoption of smartphones, and the increasing adoption of IoT are all expected to accelerate the adoption of smart city technologies.

Fremont, CA: Artificial intelligence, big data, and the Internet of Things rapidly establish new spaces for humans and technology to interact in more connected and intelligent ways. Cities are no exception: smart cities leverage data and digital technologies to improve resident services and address societal issues. This can result in enhanced transportation and accessibility, improved social services, decreased crime, and increased sustainability. There are numerous new ways in which cities are being transformed by technology.

Here’s how technology is turning cities into smart cities:

Smart health

The pandemic has demonstrated unequivocally that the community plays a critical role in fostering healthier environments for citizens. By facilitating not only diagnosis and treatment but also preventive self-care, smart technologies can alleviate strain on healthcare ecosystems. This shifts the emphasis away from individual-centered care and toward a community-based model. Healthcare can be tailored to the needs of individuals and their families when guided by data analytics.

Smart citizens

Smart cities amplify their residents' voices. Citizens can use apps to report local issues instantly, while community networking platforms enable people to collaborate and share resources. Cities are transforming into collaborative ecosystems characterized by increased participation and transparency. Open data and emerging technologies are laying the groundwork for cities to become more human-centered and multidirectional in their interactions with government, business, and citizens.

Smart safety

Biometrics, facial recognition, smart cameras, and video surveillance have all gained traction as law enforcement agencies have increased their use. These technologies assist cities in identifying patterns and trends in crime data, reducing response times, and advancing their understanding of crime prediction. However, despite the attractiveness of these technologies, citizens' privacy, freedom, and civil liberties remain paramount. Cities will need to tread carefully in order to avoid discriminating against specific neighborhoods or demographic groups when implementing such technologies.