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State and local governments have an immense opportunity to leverage technology for significant cost savings and a better world for citizens. AI and other next-gen technologies offer an important path forward, and it’s vital to begin the journey today with a data foundation designed to accelerate adoption and impact.
Soon the conventional tungsten filament bulbs will become a thing of the past. And, the recently arrived high-tech lightings will become the symbol of intelligence, efficiency, safety and reliability in smart cities. Thanks to the innovation in technology, new lighting designs integrated with artificial intelligence are evolving day by day introducing far-reaching applications in homes, buildings and public places.
Smart city is a very big umbrella. You can do a lot of things underneath this idea of smart cities, and not to try and solve it in one go. You have to look at what is the pain point of each individual city, and they’re not going to be the same. Some cities will have pain points relating to quality of life, while others will relate to improving the transportation infrastructure. Figuring out the pain points for the citizens in this particular city, and then look to create a roadmap for incrementally bringing in other smart city technology deployments in line with that.
The transportation industry is ripe for advancement. With the addition of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, the industry might not be recognizable in 10 or 20 years. More connectivity means fully optimized operations and manufacturing, decreased downtime and accidents, and — what everyone is waiting for — driverless vehicles and ships.
In the future, new types of sideways-scooting lifts could link up whole clusters of buildings. Transport hubs could house lifts serving a range of local buildings, moving first horizontally, then vertically. Or the lifts could zip between their tops on skybridges. It took trees hundreds of million of years to evolve the structural systems and internal plumbing needed for wide-spreading boughs, thus making possible the wonderfully rich ecosystems of rainforest canopies. Lateral lifts could make canopy cities possible before Otis’s patent sees its bicentenary. Having let cities climb into the sky, the lift may now help them spread across it.
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