How the Internet Transforms Cities (& Could Save them $Billions)

Fast Company reports on how the Internet and associated “smart infrastructure” are making a profound change in US cities–transforming them from inert structures to “virtual organisms:”

With a little help from what’s called the Internet of Things, engineers are transforming cities from passive conduits for water into dynamic systems that store and manage it like the tissues of desert animals. By using the Internet to connect real-world sensors and control mechanisms to cloud-based control systems that can pull in streams from any other data source, including weather reports, these efforts enable conservation and money-saving measures that would have been impossible without this virtual nervous system. . . .

It may sound like a trivial problem, but the EPA estimates that the U.S. has $13 billion invested in wastewater infrastructure alone. More importantly, the majority of America’s largest cities–more than 700 in all–dump millions of gallons of raw sewage into our waterways every time it rains, because their sewer and stormwater systems were designed a century ago.

And this may be just the beginning the transformation of our infrastructure & urban life.  You can read the full post here.

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