Five Innovations That Will Change Cities In The Next Five Years

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1. Cities Will Have A Healthier Immune System

We’re moving into cities at an unprecedented rate, and the immune system is at risk. Crowded cities are hotbeds of infectious diseases. Sensors will help health care providers, businesses, schools and governments prepare for health crises in advance.

2. City Buildings Will Sense And Respond Like Living Organisms

Buildings have lots of systems – heating, cooling, electricity, plumbing, et cetera – but they don’t all work together. Better data could enable management of these systems in an integrated way, increasing efficiency, reducing waste and decreasing impact on the climate and environment.

3. Cars and City Buses Will Run On Empty

A smarter electric grid will be able to more efficiently manage power delivery to electric vehicles, but that’s only part of the benefit. Vehicles generate electricity through kinetic energy that can be returned to the grid. IBM has partnered with the Danish EDISON Research Consortium to create a smarter grid to power transportation.

4. Smarter Systems Will Quench Cities‘ Thirst For Water And Save Energy

Barnes says big data can help manage the mounting global water crisis. He says that one in three city dwellers doesn’t have access to clean water. IBM is working on a sewer system that can monitor the water for impurities and help governments mitigate risks.

5. Cities Will Be Able To Respond To Crises – Even Before Receiving An Emergency Call

Sensors will be able to detect little problems, like blocked sewer lines, and combine them with other data, like impending rain and nearby trucking routes, to alert officials to a crisis before it arises. IBM’s vision of big data will create a platform for governments and first-responders to benefit from these data and connect the dots before there’s already an emergency underway.

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