CTOs, particularly those tasked with maintaining business infrastructure and identifying new business technology strategies, should look to smart cities and the technology behind them – IoT.
Businesses need smart cities, or the innovation they represent, to thrive in a world where traditional industries are getting disrupted everyday. The Internet of Things (IoT) – the technology that underpins smart cities – is beginning to shape the future of many industries.
The emergence of the IoT in both smart cities and businesses is enabling all types of ‘things’ to connect and share data. In both business and society, this is creating opportunities to converge the physical and the digital to improve efficiency, drive the economy and improve livelihoods.
In the conclusion to Information Age’s Smart City Month, we look at why smart cities – and the IoT – should be on the CTOs radar.
Smart cities and smart offices
The pursuit of the smart city ‘dream’ is driven by the general, wide-reaching concern surrounding sustainability. Or, the local concerns of air pollution, traffic congestion and growing energy costs.
“Smart buildings,” according to Martin Woolley, Developer Relations Manager EMEA at Bluetooth SIG, “are being created as a response to the efficiency and cost reduction opportunities which a self-optimising, connected building can offer.”
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