To imagine the future of cities, it might seem like a pipe dream to simply build a test city as a lab experiment. That's exactly what Kitson & Partners is doing in Florida by building the “world's most sustainable city.” All major city services are connected via cloud technology, and city administrators will be able to oversee all of their job functions from an easy-to-use dashboard. The city also harnesses solar energy and a smart grid to keep costs low and increase energy efficiency.
Meanwhile, this future is not so futuristic in the city of Grand Prairie, Alberta, Canada. They are implementing two broadband networks and improving the communications infrastructure for public safety. As the article states, “[The city] has requests out for proposals to create a pair of broadband networks, one of which will serve the public by giving it anytime, anywhere access to public services and information wirelessly. The other will be dedicated to public safety. Everything from hand-held police radios to cameras in traffic lights will be connected wirelessly.”
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