Technology Giants Present Vision of City Management
SHANGHAI - Today there are around six billion inhabitants in our planet, half of whom live in cities. The massive influx into the cities over the next two generations will involve an exodus from rural areas and into urban areas which in many cases are already near saturation point.
With one hundred more cities expected to reach populations of 1 million-plus by 2025, and the world's top 20 metropolises will consume 75 percent of the world's energy, the compelling need to balance social, economic and environmental issues has now, more than ever, become of paramount concern for governments.
Steve Leonard, President, EMC Asia Pacific & Japan, said the increasing pressure brought about by rural-urban shift will be the main driving factor for governments around the world to plan for more efficient and sustainable public services.
At the massive 2010 World Expo being held here, EMC Corp. in partnership with Cisco Systems is showcasing at its pavilion its vision of a Smart+Connected Communities with solutions that would help transform physical communities into connected communities to bring about sustainable economic growth and GDP, enable environmental sustainability through resource management and operational efficiencies, and enhance quality of life for residents.
EMC and Cisco officials said their partnership aim to establish network-enabled "smart" cities by 2020 that will allow people to connect through networks with intelligent capabilities via the convergence of all kinds of data across a unified IP network.
Both companies explained that cities and communities that adopt smart and connected solutions stand to reap the benefit in areas ranging from utilities, safety and security, to real estate, transport, healthcare, learning, sports, and government services. …