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Critical Infrastructure: How Smart Cities Will Transform Latin America

Although Latin America is a developing region, the area is making strides towards becoming more efficient, cleaner and more innovative—characteristics of smart cities and the Internet of Everything (IoE) are making it possible. Many people now beg the question, “Are smart cities real?” Wim Elfrink answers the question with a firm yes, referring to smart cities as tangible and necessary to foster economic and developmental growth. With more and m…

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Safeguarding Privacy in the Internet of Things

By Jason Kohn,  Contributing Columnist You can’t open a web browser these days without coming across a story on the Internet of Things (IoT), and the ways that connected, autonomous devices will revolutionize every industry. There’s a reason for the hype: Cisco forecasts 50 billion connected devices by 2020, with the potential to create more than $14 trillion in value for global businesses over the next decade. But IoT also heralds another revol…

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#SmartConnectedCity series: New Cities Summit media event reveals the future of #SmartCities is now

As cities and communities prepare for the future and the Internet of Everything, they must confront a tsunami of challenges that can overwhelm how people live, work, play and learn. More than half the world now lives in cities for the first time, and the influx is growing faster than many cities can accommodate. Today, about 500 million urban dwellers live in poverty, without access to healthcare or education. The world population will swell abo…

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The Future of Cities is Here, and it’s Digital

What does your #CityofTomorrow look like?  Over the past decades, broadband Internet access has been an important enabler of economic growth, social inclusion and improved government services. Now, the latest phase of the Internet—the Internet of Everything (IoE)—is transforming our lives in whole new ways.  The biggest impact of this change is happening in our cities. At this year’s Cisco Live in San Francisco, there was a lot of discussion a…

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#SmartConnectedCity Series: A Smart Move for City Transport

If we ask why we have traffic, we find that studies show roughly 30% of all traffic congestion in urban areas is caused by drivers circling and struggling to find a parking spot. With cities growing at an estimated 10,000 people per hour, the situation isn’t going to get any better unless cities make some critical changes to the way they handle parking and traffic. Cities and local government leaders can now implement two new Cisco Internet of…

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