5. The Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC), which took place in Barcelona, November 15-17, 2016, was hosted by Fira de Barcelona’s Gran Via venue.

5. The Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC), which took place in Barcelona, November 15-17, 2016, was hosted by Fira de Barcelona’s Gran Via venue.

ShotSpotter: The New York Police Department has started using a detection system that pinpoints the location of gunfire and sends the information to law enforcement. The system, called ShotSpotter, uses acoustics sensors. Detailed incident data is analyzed by a gunfire and acoustics expert, and once validated, an alert is sent to the police in under a minute.

LinkNYC: This free communications network will replace over 7,500 pay phones across the five boroughs with new structures called Links. Each Link will provide fast, free public Wi-Fi, phone calls, device charging, and a tablet for access to city services, maps, and directions.

New York City consistently works to integrate advances in sustainability, resiliency, and technology. Just recently, the city was chosen as the Best Smart City of 2016 by the jury of the sixth edition of the Global Smart City Awards. Announced at the Smart City Expo World Congress (Fig. 5), this award was created to recognize the most outstanding initiatives and projects in the urban innovation and transformation industry.

Next year, NYC also will welcome an event that’s an offshoot of the Smart City Expo World Congress: Smart Cities NYC ’17. This event will spotlight new ideas from around the world through panel discussions, events for the public, and exhibitions. It will also highlight the innovations taking place around the five boroughs of New York City.

As evidenced by what’s happening in New York example, the concept of smart cities includes a wide range of variables. A city that’s successful in being “smart” will improve the quality of life for its citizens through the use of smart infrastructure and smart urban planning. Smart cities should also be able to help communities and empower them to evolve by making city life safer, easier, and greener while using technologies to resolve urban problems.

Even though the future of smart cities is very promising, many issues still must be addressed, such as a better scalable platform for safe and reliable network connectivity. As the

participation of the private sector grows, so does the number of new initiatives. Thanks to partnerships with local governments, new cities are now looking to become smart cities, too.

Source: What Exactly is a Smart City?

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