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Smart Cities

“Smart cities” combine information and communication technologies (ICT) with the Internet of things (IOT) to allow a city to fully integrate its assets, services, and citizens. This system results in a regular and circular dialogue between citizens, infrastructure, and government – vastly improving a city’s capacity to respond to complex problems or major emergencies. In smart cities, real-time data is collected everywhere. For example, sensors detect exactly how much water is available in the city’s supply, how many people are waiting in each hospital’s emergency room, and the current load on the city’s mass transit system, while sensors on a bridge transmit regular updates on its condition. Data collection is broad in scope and is shared among all agencies of the city, allowing for dramatically enhanced management of the city’s infrastructure and resources. Citizens can access much of this information, as well as communicate directly with the city government in response to problems – which adds another layer of data aiding the efficient allocation of a city’s resources.

While there are still barriers to overcome for smart cities to be fully realized, there are many groups and initiatives currently working to surmount them. GTiMA represents the geospatial transportation mapping community by participating in and monitoring the following fora: