17 Aug IDTechEx: Smart Cities Massively Exceeding Expectation
It was a nerdy idea. The term smart city originally meant little beyond using much more information technology IT. However, new IDTechEx Research report, Smart City Opportunities: Infrastructure, Systems, Materials 2019-2029 reveals that much more dramatic changes are both required and possible and humans will be in the driving seat, even demanding and gaining “feel good” and unquantifiable benefits. The new approach reflects the strong trends to people living mainly in cities and localism, where caring, empowered communities harness new infrastructure, systems and materials and radically change the way they operate. Examples include “silent city” banning private cars and providing free public transport. The report reveals how cities will even achieve independence in water, food and energy: they may still import but they can export too and be secure against increasingly violent weather and increasingly risky supply in the meantime. Retailing, transport and buildings are reinvented to achieve no emissions or traffic congestion and far less infrastructure.
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