Engineering Smart Cities Should Focus on Technologies that Make Cities Better Places to Live

When we think smart city, many picture a vast landscape governed by technology in every way, shape, and form. Swathes of tech do not necessarily make cities smart nor an objectively better place to live, however. Today, national governments, businesses, and institutions are using tech to gather data, share information, connect products, improve urban infrastructure, and enhance communications. In other words - to create what we like to call smart cities. At the core of these efforts is one goal: To make city life more efficient, productive and viable for a rapidly growing population. Over the next three decades, it is estimated that 68% of the world’s population will be living in cities. In this time, the cities that we know today will have massively changed and adapted to accommodate this – they must – and we should ensure that they change in a way that improves the quality of life for people living in them.

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