In depth: Water, energy and the smart city – a US perspective


    Intelligent management of a city and the shared resources of that city is progressively becoming a reality as increased communication and data analysis is included in a city’s infrastructure. What challenges are being overcome in the US through the integration of ‘smart’?

    Global trends in urbanisation are necessitating cities around the globe to become “smarter” in order to accommodate the influx of people moving into large urban areas. It is widely reported that the world’s megalopolises are expected to grow by an estimated 2.3 billion annually to see as much as 70% of the world’s population living in cities by 2050. This places considerable strain on available resources and public service infrastructure. A smart city “uses information and communication technologies (ICT) to be more intelligent and efficient in the use of resources, resulting in cost and energy savings, improved service delivery and quality of life, and reduced environmental footprint – all supporting innovation and the low-carbon economy”, says Boyd Cohen, an urban and climate strategist and inventor of the Smart Cities Wheel.

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