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The evolution of a smart city

By David Markt, Vice President, Advanced Traffic Management Solutions, Q-Free North America

Making cities work is essential for the future, and means making the transport infrastructure work. Most journeys begin and end in cities. In many urban areas, however, increasing demand for urban mobility has created a situation that is not sustainable: severe congestion, traffic accidents, poor air quality, noise emissions and high levels of CO2 emissions. Urban problems put at risk political goals for a safe, efficient and sustainable transport system.

Fixing the problems of urban growth has become a political and tactical imperative around the world, and significant research has gone into this area the last few years. Smart cities now focus on Urban Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), which is how ITS can help alleviate current problems, and show the path towards a safe, efficient and sustainable future for our cities.

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