The start of a new year -- what better time to reflect on how cities are adopting cutting-edge technology?
Cities around the world are making great use of IT to improve citizens' quality of life, whether that means a faster commute to work, easier access to services, or enhanced community participation. The world's cities are teeming with successful IT projects, and we think some of the top projects deserve celebration.
We know that IT isn't an answer by itself. Tech for tech's sake has a way of turning to waste -- in the urban environment and elsewhere. But cities that don't take risks on emerging technology stand to get left behind, and that's wasteful, too.
We've got our eye on five big city projects that we think will emerge as winners this coming year. Click the image below to start our slideshow, and let us know on the message board below if you agree, disagree, or think we've missed a big one.
IT Project No. 5: Glasgow's Crime-Fighting Street Lights
Glasgow, Scotland, won £24 million ($39.2 million) from the UK Technology Strategy Board to innovate in urban applications. Its smart lighting trail, which is planned but not yet functional, will include energy-saving LEDs that gain and lose luminosity based on motion detectors. Sensors on the lampposts also will respond to noise, signaling emergency services for help if there are cries or violent activity
in the area. It's a smart idea, for sure.
(Source: Finlay McWalter via Wikimedia Commons)
— Mary Jander , Managing Editor, UBM's Future Cities