The buzz: “The truth about ‘Smart Cities’ is that there is only going to be one way that they can become truly ‘smart’: through data and analytics” (David Barton, 7 Uses For Analytics In Smart Cities).
The buzz: “Building a smart city? Follow the money” (placemeter.com). The American Society of Civil Engineers 2013 report card graded America’s infrastructure D+ and estimated US$ 3.6T investment is needed by 2020.
The buzz: “I have an affection for a great city” (H. W. Longfellow, 1886). News flash: By 2050, over 70% of the world will live in cities (U.N., 2014). Combined with the digital revolution, this accelerated urbanization presents cities with challenges and opportunities to meet citizens’ and businesses’ transportation, water, energy and safety needs.