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The Internet of Things (IoT) is the cornerstone of smart cities.

IoT is what connects devices and allows hardware to communicate with other devices connected to the cloud and the physical environment. IoT has the potential to improve the quality of life and safety of cities.

IoT can connect road and sidewalk sensors to vehicles and wearable tech to decrease the number of traffic accidents, injuries, and fatalities. City-wide connectivity can help cities better prepare for natural disasters and limit the damage and deaths they cause. Ground sensors can detect earthquakes before they happen and can stop transit. Sensors in local waterways can alert residents when their communities are at risk for flooding.

These examples are only some innovative ways IoT can change the way we work, live, and play. However, the companies creating this technology are often dependent on city regulations and public voting to gain access to infrastructure.

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