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Urbanisation Sprawl

Mankind has recognized the benefits of urban life. As of 2018, we have 4.2 Billion people in urban cities. And by 2050, the urban population is projected to increase to 6.8 Billion. For the next decade, these urban consumers will be the primary driving factor of global consumption growth adding about USD $20 Trillion per annum to the global goods spend. Urbanization will contribute to sustainable growth thereby increasing productivity, allowing innovation and improving lifestyle.

The Smart City Era

Connectivity

By 2030, the world is projected to have 43 megacities with more than 10 million inhabitants. With the rise of smart cities, there is no shortage of the benefits of connectivity. Moreover, as IoT continues to advance, it has the potential to enable cities to become smart using data collected by smart technologies like sensors which are attached to virtually every vehicle, device, or piece of equipment which is used daily in a city.

  • CISCO is optimizing the city network across and is computing the data from the connected devices.
  • Hygiea has been the world’s first waste management for indoor and outdoor applications.
  • Smart WAVE Technologies is developing wireless networks and IoT configurations.
  • CIMCON Lightning helps cities run smarter by optimizing energy usage and maintaining costs.
  • Siemens latest break-through solution for a smart city is the City Performance Tool. offers city planners a holistic approach for prioritizing infrastructure investments based on quantifiable contributions to growth and sustainability.
  • Barcelona, the first city to introduce Fab Lab, has achieved a wide range of benefits through investment in IoT. Their LED lighting system is not only energy efficient but the sensors they carry give information on pollution, humidity, temperature, the presence of people, and noise. Their smart bins optimize the collection of waste and uses it produce energy afterwards. Their smart bike and bus systems represent sustainable mobility and decrease emissions. They also have intelligent irrigation systems and noise sensors.
  • San Francisco, the cradle of innovation has been a leading light in changing the quality of its environmental space. Its connected city initiative enables residents to access data designed for an informative and sustainable living. It has achieved a phenomenal 80% waste diversion rate by disposing zero waste to landfills and treating no waste with high-temperature destruction.

Somebody’s Always Watching!

Though connectivity brings about a slew of benefits, it also creates a new attack surface for adversaries like data privacy and data theft.

Ann Cavoukian, a pioneer in data privacy and security cautioned that there is a current lack of trust when it comes to the privacy of our data and how it’s used and expressed concern for privacy in smart cities.

These examples testify on how an entire smart city can become vulnerable and how the tons of gathered data raise the question of ownership, anonymity and quality

  • State-sponsored Russian hackers probed US grid and election infrastructure and caused two blackouts in Ukraine compromising on payment systems along with the malware campaigns.
  • Iran’s nuclear program was caused substantial damage by a malicious computer worm.
  • Last year, the entire Atlanta was held as hostage by attacking the city’s data which crippled all its connected systems.

Final Take

Technology has been advancing swiftly, and it has been difficult for legislation to keep up with the privacy policies and data hacks. Just as GDPR was passed in Europe there is an immediate need of some policies surrounding data regulations in smart cities around the world.

  • Inclusion: Cities gearing up to become smart are failing to include their citizens for participation. Even when the smart city is initiative is more about the citizen experience, attention for basic human rights and participation is low.
  • Willingness: Citizens need to have the will to change. Example — When the city of Madrid wanted to implement measures to fight pollution the initiative turned into a political battle and protests emerged.
  • Social Cohesion: Where has it gone and how do you bring it back, especially in the mega-cities of the future? Social cohesion is all the above and it’s the fabric of a city where people want to live, love, grow, learn and care.

Now — here are some questions for you!!

1. What is your take on Smart Cities?

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