What does the term smart city actually mean? Gartner defines a smart city as an urbanized area where multiple sectors cooperate to achieve sustainable outcomes through the analysis of contextual, real-time information shared among sector-specific information and operational technology systems. Indeed, one of its most recent reports estimates that smart cities will account for more than 1.1 billion Internet of Things (IoT) items this year (2015), rising to 9.7 billion by 2020.
The question that needs to be answered is can smart cities be safer places for people to live and work? And what role does the advancement of technology and IoT have to play in delivering public safety.