Ten years ago the term, let alone the concept of smart cities did not even exist. But over the past decade it has grown into the idea of delivering better, more efficient and affordable services at the level of government that has the closest connection to constituents’ daily lives. GCN brought this news to us in their article, “Driving the future of smart cities with IoT.”

It has gone through some twists and turns, especially with the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT). Most people don’t realize the IoT began with a connected toaster and now the entire house, let alone city, is connected.

The potential for a new generation of IT systems to carry smart city development farther and faster than some if its originators may have imagined exists. IoT systems are versatile and reliable enough to support an astonishing range of municipal goals and objectives.

Melody K. Smith

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