Rise of the Wise: Next Steps for Smart Cities
Latin America is currently the most urbanized region in the world, with nearly 80 percent of its population living in urban centers. Rapid urbanization has brought its problems, and cities must now work to improve their infrastructure and the quality of their public services. Health, education and social development are challenges that can be met through the judicious implementation of innovative projects and policies. Cities are the natural leaders in this process, because they can help gather multiple interests towards a common goal, and they do so by acting pragmatically at a local level.
Smart cities are those who manage their resources efficiently. Traffic, public services and disaster response should be operated intelligently in order to minimize costs, reduce carbon emissions and increase performance.
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