Cities don’t always respond effectively to the needs of their communities. Frequently, those needs get encumbered by red tape. As a result, technology is evolving to create more fluid communication between the people and the polity, and IBM is betting that it won’t be long before you’ll notice it.
By 2017, there’s expected to be more than three billion smart phones in the world, opening up cities to people like never before. Tools including crowdsourcing, mobile applications, and analytics on the cloud will allow cities to better listen, interact and respond to citizen needs.
Every year IBM makes predictions about 5 technology innovations that stand to change the way we live within the next 5 years. This set of predictions, narrated by Mo Rocca, is all about personalization. See the other predictions at http://www.ibm.com/5in5.