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Intelligent cities: What does a city gain by becoming intelligent?

The benefits of intelligent cities

By Rick Robinson   July 2013

Cities are the engines of economic growth but they face acute challenges. As the world’s population grows, urbanises and becomes wealthier and better educated, competition for finite resources is intensifying. Against this backdrop, cities in the UK are seeking to improve their economic performance and access to opportunity for residents. Some show a difference in life expectancy of more than 10 or even 20 years between their wealthiest and most deprived areas. That’s a grave difference in the life opportunity of children born in different places.

Technology can play a role in addressing these problems. A community that successfully applies…

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