For the first time in history, more than 50% of the human population lives in cities.
Many of these are large or even mega cities, with populations of anywhere between 5 million and 38 million people. Urban areas with such dense populations are extremely complex to manage, so it is no surprise that they are rapidly gearing up to become fully fledged smart cities powered by the Internet of Things (IoT). Interconnected infrastructure is, without a doubt, the way of the future.
At a Smart Cities Summit held in Boston in 2016, delegates explored some of the unfolding trends in smart city capability and emphasised how critical it is to make vast urban areas efficient, responsive and enjoyable to live in.