As more of the world's population moves into urban areas, cities are going to have to get smarter to carry that load. Find out how that's happening at a webinar on Tuesday: "From Smart Building to Smart City."
This is the first time in human history that a majority of the world's population lives in urban areas, according to the World Bank. That's 3.3 billion people living in cities today, likely to go up to 60 percent of the world's population by 2030, double the percentage that lived in cities in 1950.
More than 180,000 people are moving into cities every day. Many cities in Africa will double in size over the next 15 to 20 years.
All those people will need places to live and work, and water to drink. They'll need sanitation and electricity. These needs will add to the already strained infrastructures of the world's urban areas. Cities are getting smarter to keep up.
It starts with smart buildings getting interconnected to create systems that are energy efficient, well managed, and well maintained. They join a smart grid for energy management. That expands to include smart transportation systems, waste management, logistics systems, emergency services, and other vital organs of the urban environment.
Where does the Internet come in? It's the nervous system giving the smarts to smart cities. Cloud services enable the model, allowing management and analytics to create smart cities that meet the needs of residents better than ever before, in ways that sustain resources and optimize costs.
Find out more at a UBM Future Cities webinar: "From Smart Building To Smart City," at 12:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 19 -- that's tomorrow. Speakers include John D'Angelo, VP engineering and facilities operations for New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and IBM's Joe Philips, director of Smarter Buildings/Smarter Cities, IBM Global Business Services, as well as Jim Sinopoli, principal of Smart Buildings LLC.
Attendees get a copy of a Leadership Report: "Building the Way Forward: Defining Efficient Buildings for a Smarter Future."
Hope to see you there!
ó Mitch Wagner , Editor in Chief, Internet Evolution