Cities across the globe are adopting new digital technologies to improve the lifestyle of its citizens. Dubbed as Smart Cities or Connected Cities, places like London, Seoul, New York and Dubai are increasingly making use of digital platforms like IoT, Robotics, Drones and 3D Printing to break the norms of services offered to their constituents. These technologies are being used for autonomous street lighting reacting to changing weather conditions; for search and rescue operations in the event of a disaster; dispatching medical supplies for the injured in remote locations and 3D printed buildings.
Precocious as they may be, a closer look will unveil that cities are no stranger to the challenges faced by many others in Europe and the rest of the world. Start with an aging population that is draining budgets and resources, a decaying infrastructure in need of continuous maintenance, a growing immigration crisis, not to mention economic stagnation and escalating unemployment rates.
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