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July 22, 2016

Have you ever wondered what your day to day life would be like if you lived in a smart city where technology was leveraged to make almost every aspect of your life easier? Where everything from waking up to a connected alarm clock that washes your bedroom in simulated sunlight, to taking a driverless shuttle to work, to smartphone apps that help you select lunch, to robotics that launder and fold your clothes, is seamless and effortless? If you can imagine it, it is not only possible, it may already exist.

The smart city phenomenon is well underway and thinking about where it can lead us is both exciting and hopeful. As Seeta Hariharan, General Manager and Group Head of Digital Software & Solutions Group, Tata Consultancy Services, so eloquently stated in the forward to the new eBook, Smart Cities- The Economic and Social Value of Building Intelligent Urban Spaces.

Those of us who want to help people, who care about the planet — and know that business, government, grassroots groups, and other stakeholders can work together to make the world more livable through emerging technologies — are excited about the Smart City phenomenon.

There is good reason to be excited. There are many challenges the Smart City phenomenon can help city leaders and citizens address. Some developments that are driving the smart cities trend and are cited in the ebook, include:

  • Demographic shifts where today 54% of the population lives in urban areas with that number to increase by 50% by 2045
  • Digitally defined trends where the way people engage with each other, governments, enterprises, etc. has changed radically in a world where everyone is connected.
  • Shrinking municipal budgets where services must be optimized

Harnessing technology can help address these challenges and the eBook provides practical, how-to steps for cities large and small to take on the road to becoming a Smart City.

Are you interested in learning more about smart city initiatives already underway in Barcelona; Charlotte, N.C; New York City; Ahmedabad, India and more? Would you like to read about building community support and how to avoid pitfalls along the way? Would you like to learn about ideas for how to fund smart city initiatives?

If you answer yes to any of the above questions, I think you will want to read the ebook: Smart Cities- The Economic and Social Value of Building Intelligent Urban Spaces. 

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