Attendees at an expo in New Delhi, India, take in a model of a "smart city," an urban area wired with connected information and communication technology systems.
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Cities around the globe are increasingly striving to become smarter. As they take on 21st century challenges -- including the strain of growing populations, social tensions and environmental issues -- with shrinking budgets and failing infrastructure, urban areas are turning to advanced information and communication technology (ICT) to help ease their burdens. Smart cities are the future.
Innovations such as cloud computing, the "internet of things," and artificial intelligence in automated vehicles or in smart sensors promise to enhance the quality of life for residents and commuters all over the world. These technologies stand to make services more efficient, promote economic development and improve sustainability. But the more cities use advanced ICT in their communities, the more vulnerable their infrastructure will become. To ensure cyber resilience in the cities of tomorrow, each metropolis will have to assess its competencies, capabilities, and capacities and invite local residents to participate in the effort....