The promise of smart cities has been captivating the technology industry for more than a decade. The idea is simple – embed smart technology everywhere to make your city better and your citizens healthier, safer and more prosperous. While adoption has been slower in some regions, that has not been the case in Asia-Pacific (APAC).
The confluence of various technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), 5G networks, blockchain and billions of internet of things (IoT) devices is creating the perfect storm that can totally change the daily lives of people all over the world. Many of these technologies are being packaged together into applications that focus on different areas of daily life such as home, work, healthcare and more. “Smart city” is the umbrella term that’s often used to describe a set of applications that focus on ways to make our cities safer, more environmentally friendly and sustainable, and more efficient with respect to transportation. But what is a smart city?