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Interconnecting Smart Objects with IP by Adam Dunkels, Jean-Philippe Vasseur

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Chapter 22

Smart Cities and Urban Networks

22.1 Introduction

In 1900, only 13% of the world’s population lived in cities. By 2050, that number will have risen to 70%. Vibrant and creative cities drive economic, social, and cultural development. This urbanization is both an emblem of our economic and societal progress and a challenging strain on the urban infrastructure.

The integration of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) with development projects can change the urban landscape by developing Smart Cities. Smart Cities can dramatically improve their citizens’ quality of life, encourage business to invest, and create a sustainable urban environment. As illustrated throughout this chapter by means of several use cases, smart object networks ...

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