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Internet of Things and Data Analytics Handbook by Hwaiyu Geng

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39A SINGLE PLATFORM APPROACH FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF EMERGENCY IN COMPLEX ENVIRONMENTS SUCH AS LARGE EVENTS, DIGITAL CITIES, AND NETWORKED REGIONS

FRANCESCO VALDEVIES

Selex ES Company, Genova, Italy

39.1 INTRODUCTION

The world today has become increasingly digital: at work and at home, and while traveling, people are constantly connected through the Internet via a variety of devices and networks. However, thanks to the Internet connection, the majority of the future eight billion people on Earth will have the possibility to access a wider range of information and use it in a different way to improve the quality of life.

Moreover, the “Internet of Things,” connectivity in a wider sense, is enabling a global interconnected continuum of devices, objects, and people, normally referred to as “Digital City.”

The Digital City expression encompasses a new concept for urban context that aims at increasing the sustainability, livability, and quality of life standards in forward‐looking cities. These cities incorporate distributed intelligence at all levels of their constituting parts to improve sustainability, reliability, security, and efficiency. All these improvements are possible thanks to an intelligent coordination of several activities that take place in urban environments.

Numerous heterogeneous entities are involved in this city vision: the citizens and their interactions with social, economic, and public organizations; infrastructures for public services delivery; and innovative ...

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