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When we’ve thought about what our world could look like hundreds of years from now, we usually think of flying cars, space suits and unrealistically tall buildings. But quite possibly, the technology of today will work closely with the IoT, creating a sleek, greener, ‘smart city’ image.

The world’s biggest cities are currently competing to create smart environments, which will enable people and businesses to operate and create an interconnected relationship with different platforms of technology. This includes big data, IoT, the cloud, artificial intelligence, robots, autonomous vehicles, 3D printing, drones and renewable energy.

But what does this mean?

A fully functioning smart city would completely change the way we live and work. It would bring together the key attributes of these different technologies, providing us with a higher quality of life which we would be able to design ourselves.

This technology will influence the design of physical, digital and human elements of a city’s infrastructure, and is programmed to make informed decisions by collecting masses of data surrounding the population and our patterns. This includes water usage and traffic flows, and will enable a smart city to use its ‘brain’ to remember these patterns and use them to our advantage.

Smart cities are currently being explored in Singapore, using the idea as a starting point for developing new ways of controlling pollution, monitoring traffic and even communicating with citizens.

This enables us to make smarter decisions, making the best possible use of our space, fuel, energy, water, electricity and all other resources.

But where does the Internet of Things come in to it?

These types of technologies could change the way we conduct our daily routines. Our autonomous vehicles would need to work together with ‘smart roads’ to share information, such as mapping and traffic signals, enabling them to work stronger together.

This requires an advanced piece of technology to collect and organise the huge amounts of information required to share this information between sources and help us to make informed decisions. And as our technology develops, this amount of information is expected to only grow in size.

But, imagine this type of technology ending up in the wrong hands. Relying upon technology on this scale produces huge cyber security questions and could lead to major security implications.

Does a smart city sound like a good idea to you? SCS Technology would love to hear your thoughts on Twitter @SCSTechnology.