Smart Cities – Putting Things in Context

Many metropolitans worldwide are going smart, with the purpose of making life easier for both the municipality (and its employees) and the residents. But such a drastic transition does not come without challenges.

 

Smart cities are the future. But why is the world marching in that direction?

 

This infographic by CoSMo puts smart cities in context, explaining the reason for this shift.

 

The percentage of the population living in cities has grown from 20% in 1950 to 50% in 2000, and is predicted to grow to up to 70% in 2050.

 

Today, there are 20 megacities in the world, including Tokyo and Delhi, each with over 10 million people living in them. This kind of metropolis creates a new way of living, disrupting our habits.

 

For example, urban dwellers waste 8 days a year on average driving, and urban inhabitants are now consuming 60% of global drinkable water reserves.

 

This is where the smart city steps in, with technology and connected systems that provides

  • Smart environment (green building and green energy)
  • Smart government (eGov, transparency and open data)
  • Smart living (Healthy, safe and happy)
  • Smart society (EdTech, resident-municipality collaborations)

 

Check out the infographic to better understand the direction of urban life and the future we’re headed towards.

 

Omri Erel
Omri is the Head of Demand Generation, as well as the Lead Author & Editor of the SaaSAddict Blog. Omri established the SaaSAddict blog to create a source for news and discussion about some of the issues, challenges, news, and ideas relating to SaaS and cloud migration.
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