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Smart City

 

The pace of urbanization is accelerating. Today, 54% of the world's population lives in cities, increasing to 66% by 2050.

As cities grow, the challenges they pose—environmental, economic, and social—grow with them. But cities are hubs of diversity and innovation: they can also become the source of solutions.

 

Smart Cities use recent advances in communications and digital technologies, data sharing and analysis, and intelligent design to make cities more livable, resilient, economically sound, and sustainable. Smart sensors and embedded devices—from street lights to power meters to traffic signals and beyond—work together with an open, connected infrastructure to create a distributed layer of intelligence that can save energy, streamline operations, and make citizens feel happier and safer.

 

A successful Smart Cities initiative relies on smart technology, but it also requires leadership and vision. We’ve collected the resources and information here to guide you and inspire you.

 

*Source: UN Habitat (United Nations Human Settlements Program)

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A successful smart cities initiative relies on smart technology, but it also requires leadership and vision. We've collected the resources and information here to guide you and inspire you.

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Philips Lighting : Empowering Smart Cities


Philips Lighting is installed everywhere: where people live, work, play and travel. Our purpose is to provide energy e­fficient, quality light to enhance public safety and enhance the urban landscape. However, in the future, a city's lighting infrastructure will also offer enormous potential to be part of a city-wide network capable of acquiring data and delivering information & services to and from millions of devices, from garbage bins to autonomous vehicles. In this way, it could help enable smart city services to improve the lives of its citizens and city managers alike. Today, Philips Lighting is enabling smart cities and smart buildings through its connected lighting systems and services. It is laying the foundations for tomorrow’s cities - large, medium and small, through connected lighting systems, in cities such as Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, Jakarta, Pune, and smart buildings in Toronto, Amsterdam, Bangalore and Dubai.

 

The future of smart cities is the sum of many parts and success will require collaboration amongst companies – large and small, governments, academia and above all, citizens. This is why today, we are calling on citizens and city managers across the world to join our conversation and explore the future together. The future starts now.

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