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    The Smart City:


    vitality and scale

    While the challenges and complexity of cities can seem daunting, the innovations exist today that can make substantive, transformative changes to the cultural and economic paradigms

    Only time will reveal the most effective combination of strategies and technologies to realize the substantive, transformative changes that leading Smart City thinkers foresee. But whatever that combination is, it will almost certainly emerge out of urban experimentation and citizen activism, using an open and highly capable communications network and distributed points of intelligence.

    Public lighting can play a unique role in making the Smart City a reality. Because the physical lighting infrastructure is ubiquitous—it’s already installed wherever people live, work, play, and travel—it can serve as a backbone for many different applications. Open technologies and well-defined software interfaces allow city managers to link services together and manage them centrally and comprehensively, and give citizens access to public data, allowing them to participate in solving problems and improving the city’s quality of life.

    Smart City planners will most likely achieve success when they focus not only on infrastructure, operations, and energy savings, but also on
    livability, quality of life, and economic vibrancy."

    - Vasanth Philomin, Philips Lighting

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