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Using the Internet of Things to build smarter, more secure cities

By PATRICK STEPHENSON , BRUSSELS – The most direct link that most European citizens have with their governments are through their municipal authorities. But often, confusing bureaucratic procedures and delayed responses from police and crisis-response services can strain relations between burghers and burgomasters. What if emerging IT technologies could improve municipal services through complete transparency — showing every centime spent for every service — while driving down costs and improving security services in moments of crisis?

At the Eighth Annual Internet of Things conference, officials from two cities described how they’re using Internet of Things (IoT) technology to make their citizens safer, while building trust and improving local accountability. The cities are…

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