Architecting tomorrow's smart cities

Sue Marek

The vision of the smart city of tomorrow holds an enormous amount of promise. Picture a densely populated city that is safer, more efficient and much more environmentally conscious than today's urban corridors.

But migrating a city's energy grid, transportation system or water supply to more efficient platforms that are interconnected is an extremely complex undertaking that requires the cooperation of many different entities.

However, some cities are already starting to take the lead in this area. In fact, researchers from the University of Navarra in Spain studied 135 cities around the globe and ranked them for their "smarts" based upon criteria such as governance, public management, urban planning, technology, the environment, transportation and more. Interestingly, the only U.S. city on the list was New York City, which ranked No. 2. My colleague Phil Goldstein took an in-depth look at this list and other smart city issues in this special report.

Of course, wireless operators believe that the wireless network will be the underlying framework for many of these smart city platforms. But the wireless network of the future will have to be much more sophisticated than today. Indeed, most experts believe that the wireless network framework of tomorrow will include a mixture of cellular, Wi-Fi, short range sensors, M2M communications and more.

In a new ebook from FierceWireless, we look at how mobile technology combined with machine to machine (M2M) technology will transform the cities of the future and create a more sustainable lifestyle. To check it out, click here. --Sue

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