Technology catches on quickly as way of reducing costs, but big challenges remain.



One of the benefits touted by IoE proponents is that smart cities will improve the quality of life and make cities more “livable.” The concept is appealing, and if it comes to pass as visionaries hope, the smart city of the future will be a virtual cornucopia of convenience and efficiency.

Residents and vistors will never be lost with the proliferation of location technologies, which also will keep them informed about where they are and what is around them. They will have a myriad of choices for food, entertainment, shopping, and other amenities, all just a tap away on their smart devices. And this information will be based on data that will lead to an understanding and anticipation of individual needs and desires. And one of the city’s biggest nightmares, traffic, will be tamed with both public and personal autonomous vehicles guided by the smart city’s AI traffic management system.

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