Every week, three million more people move to already bustling metropolitan areas, according to the International Organization for Migration. The United Nations predicts that, by 2050, the world’s urban population is likely to double. Those are important statistics because they answer the “why” behind the burgeoning smart city trend that’s cropping up around the world.
It’s a trend that JLL’s Executive Vice President, Darren Eades, explores in his recent Pipeline article, “Bright Lights, Smart City.” And it’s a trend that’s gaining steam fast. In two years, smart cities will become a $1.5 trillion global market, Frost & Sullivan says. A National League of Cities survey reports that two-thirds of U.S. cities are investing in smart city technology, while a quarter of those without any smart city systems are exploring future implementations.
Smart cities will require an ecosystem that will develop in increments and rely upon layers of technology, some existing and some emerging. Let’s take a quick look at a few of those technologies.
That’s where West 7 Center comes in – we can serve the requirements of smart city IoT network and application environments, as well as their end users. The City of Los Angeles in the process of teaming up with several major carriers to help realize the ambition of making LA one of the smartest cities in America through improvements in traffic control, public safety, air quality and digital infrastructure. Colocation data centers located in the heart of LA (like West 7 Center) are needed to provide:
Learn more about smart cities and how West 7 Center is helping to transform LA by reading Darren Eades’ full article here.