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Smart cities: top 4 transformation technologies

Posted by: Lauren Cox 21 Feb 17  | Technology

From the economy to the environment, it’s full steam ahead for the smart cities movement. Why? Well, according to Cisco Systems, over 60% of the world’s population will live inner city by 2050.

With the number of people living in cities increasing at a staggering pace, these cities are facing accumulative challenges; whether that be congestion on transport or the supply of a sufficient amount of electricity to meet the demands of the ever growing population.

Times are changing, and improving a city’s infrastructure is essential for creating a sustainable environment and improving quality of life. Entire cities are keeping ahead of the trend, adopting innovative IoT solutions to keep up with technological innovation and increase their flexibility across transportation, water supplies, agriculture, healthcare… the list is never-ending.

Philips Lighting have announced their focus on the development of smart lighting solutions to cater for smart city trends, worldwide. This accounts for street lighting, public landscapes, large venues and interior spaces. Already on the LED lighting hype, last week a town in the Netherlands began trialling traffic lights built into the pavement as a means of helping smartphone users cross the road safely. 

In addition to this, earlier this year at CES 2017, Ford announced its collaboration with Amazon Alexa, allowing users to check weather, control their Alexa home devices or shop from inside their cars!

 The integration of transformation technologies to accommodate the smart city movement is boundless, with innovative concepts occurring all over the world. Check out our top 4 transformation technologies that are making these cities smarter right now.


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