Rapid urbanization is leading to smarter cities that improve the lives of citizens through technology. However, urban intelligence is more than information processing. CIO brought this interesting topic to our attention in their article, “Smart Cities Drive Progress with Analytics at the Edge.”

When it comes to establishing smart cities, edge computing is one of the innovative ways in which smart cities are putting solutions to work to cultivate safer, healthier and more livable urban environments.

For digital cities, there are compelling reasons for moving data analytics to edge computing, when the data is generated and captured, rather than sending everything to analytics engines in corporate and cloud data centers. There simply isn’t time to send data to a distant data center for analysis. In some cases, it doesn’t make sense to pay the costs of transmitting data over a network and storing it in the cloud when it might be needed for immediate purposes.

A truly smart city improves the quality of life for citizens and visitors, and while a smart city can be many things, just as with humans, some are smarter than others.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Data Harmony, a unit of Access Innovations, the world leader in indexing and making content findable.