Special report: The human hurdles to smart cities

By Kim Hart | Axios

It turns out that one of the biggest hurdles to the dream of hyperconnected “smart cities” isn’t technology — it’s humans.

The big picture: Making cities smarter is more of a business model and governance challenge than a technological one.

Aligning the interests of everyone involved — city councils, residents, telecom firms, utilities, app developers — is often a political quagmire.

And discussions are happening with the backdrop of increased skepticism of big tech companies — many of which are trying to sell tools to cities.

A foremost pain point is who controls the data generated by millions of sensors and cameras.


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