This basic guide to smart cities gives an introduction to one of today's hot topics.
Why is everyone talking about smart cities?
It is estimated that the world’s population will grow to nine billion by 2043 and ten billion by 2083.
This population growth is likely to produce the biggest strain on urban areas, with 11% of the global population currently living in the world’s 101 larger cities - a figure which is expected to rise to 23% by the end of the century. City governors and industry leaders have to find ways to deal with this huge expansion.
At the same time, the latest technological advances give us access to solutions and services which were previously unimaginable. Look at how the internet and smart phone have changed the way you live. To address the key challenges of population expansion and rapid urbanisation, cities are exploring these technological advancements, to find ways to increase efficiency and help tackle the issues that come with an increased population.