Smart cities are walking a tightrope between utopia and chaos

While there has been a bright spotlight on the deployment of smart city technologies in major urban centers around the world — such as London, New York and Singapore — there is also an increasing push among state governments in the U.S. to assist or encourage their metropolises to build similar infrastructure.  As populations age and urbanization continues, cities across the U.S. are seeing a growing strain on infrastructure and resources. However, by applying innovative technologies, these cities can improve the quality of life in their communities, provide improved and sustainable services, and safeguard their infrastructure for generations to come. But while much attention is focused on the end vision, an often-overlooked detail involves how all these new smart infrastructure projects and systems will be managed and held together.  These new networks will be made up of a myriad of devices, sensors, connectivity paths, network nodes and gateways. They involve the Internet of Things (IoT), which means … Continue reading Smart cities are walking a tightrope between utopia and chaos