A Growth Perspective on the Smart City

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 by Christian Celeste Tate & Michael Gurau

The internet of things (IoT) is a transformative, enabling technology that is poised to impact every aspect of society: the self, the car, the home, the office, the factory and the public sector. As depicted by the outer-most ring in the graphic to the right, the public sector is the broadest application of IoT and includes a range of use cases that drive public efficiency and effectiveness at the local level. Cities around the world are rapidly evaluating the economic and safety benefits of IoT-based solutions and weighing those benefits against a range of practical and contextual constraints. According to a report by the National League of Cities, two thirds of U.S. cities are investing in smart city technologies and one quarter of those without the technology are exploring how to implement it.