A view of a future cityscape as envisioned by JCT 600 in the UK. Today’s columnist, Chris Shannon of Fotech Solutions, offers some insights into how the push to deploy connected devices must be balanced with the data privacy rights of citizens. (Creative Commons CC BY-SA 2.0)

The smart city movement has grown in the last 10 years as a direct result of the world’s increasing urbanization. Indeed, by 2050 more than two-thirds of the earth's population will live in urban areas.

This flow of people into urban areas created denser cities, with increased demands on city services – everything from emergency services to transportation and local amenities. As cities grapple with these pressures, smart city systems are viewed as an important way to ensure that denser, more populous cities are also healthy, wealthy, and safe.

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