Smart Cities

Each and every day, technology seems to expand further and further into every aspect of our lives. Increasingly, things that have never before been computerized are becoming not only technologically advanced but also connected to the internet. Everything from your washing machine to your wristwatch is slowly being turned into a computer as advanced as a laptop, with similar capabilities as well. Slowly but surely, internet enabled technology is beginning to encroach on every aspect of our lives, connecting us to our environment in an unprecedented way. The term commonly used to describe the phenomenon in which seemingly every technological device being used has wireless capabilities is the internet of things. This internet of things is merely a prelude however, to a world where every aspect of day to day life is monitored through wireless technology. Everything from waste disposal to traffic control systems will soon be a part of this internet of things, leading humanity into a world where science fiction has become a scientific fact. It has already begun in urban areas, which are being called smart cities. Smart cities take advantage of the increasing prevalence of the internet of things in order to manage each and every aspect of modern life in the most efficient way possible. Using this technology allows both civil servants and ordinary citizens alike to monitor and interact directly with the evolving communities we now live in. Not only do smart cities allow each and every person to interact more closely with their …