3 Steps to Build ‘Adaptive’ Smart Cities of the Future

Cities represent perhaps the most important opportunity for innovation and digital transformation for our entire society and the planet.

While the concept of the smart city has long been the future vision for cities, even this is necessary but not sufficient. Tech firms have long pitched the notion of intelligent sensors capturing billions of real-time data points to help cities become smart and able to respond to their surroundings. Use cases have included self-driving cars, smart lighting, and even smart trash cans. Sensors and data are indeed the building blocks, like cement, air, water, sand, and gravel are for concrete, but they represent raw ingredients, not the ultimate solution.

The smart cities concept is a helpful start, but the city of the future needs to go one critical step further. It needs to become an adaptive city able to respond dynamically to continuous change and disruption.

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