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The evolution of a smart city

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.

The Urban ITS smart city concept works by integrating transport systems and data from all sources to increase transport related safety, reduce pollution, decrease congestion, and improve overall quality of life. While smart city initiatives have started to spring up across the globe, many urban areas are uncertain of where to begin their smart city experience. They might try looking at their existing ITS and Advanced Traffic Management Systems (ATMS) for inspiration.

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