IDG Contributor Network: How open data is connecting the smart city to people

Demands on a city’s resources and services are increasing everywhere and developers are responding with an evermore sophisticated approach. As technology transforms the way we interact with transport, health, retail, education and everything else within the lived environment, the data and devices we use to communicate in this landscape will become even more important.

Recently, a United Nations report stated that by 2030 two-thirds of the world’s population will be urban. This will put considerable pressure on stakeholders to streamline and revolutionize the inner workings of the city to accommodate the influx and evolution of the urban populous. Imagine navigation systems automatically rerouting your car due to an accident on your intended route or perhaps effectively tracking bus arrival times via smart sensor applications. These applications have the potential to transform how we live forever. Cue the birth of the smart city.

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