IBM unveiled a list of innovations that have the potential to change how people live, work and play in cities around the globe over the next five to ten years.
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Innovations That Will Change Cities in 5 Years One, City buses and cars that will run on empty: In five years, City buses, cars and even garbage trucks would begin to transition to electric powered engines. Electric vehicles would begin traveling 300 to 500 miles on the single charge. And the smart roads and cities become more common. Cars will be able to charge in public places and will begin to drive more on renewable energy sources. Two, cities will be healthier than ever. City Health Officials would have tools to prevent the rapid spread of disease as soon as or even before they show signs of breaking out. Officials will turn to mathematics and software to analyzed patterns and trends so they can accurately detect emerging diseases. They’ll have that data to know exactly where, when and how the reply the city’s medical resources to slow the spread of disease. Three, smarter systems will quench city’s thirst and save energy. Cities will use technology to cut down on the water waste by up to 50%. Censors imbedded throughout the city’s entire water system, from treatment facilities to supply pipes. We’ll provide real time data for the officials about what a quality, energy usage, leakage, and waste. When storm sips, city water system will no longer be overwhelmed. Instead of spilling sewage in the ocean and waterways, water would be purified and recycled back in the city’s water systems. Four, city buildings will sense and respond like living organisms. As cities grow smarter, so will buildings. Technology will allowed buildings to sense and respond the condition like living organisms, protecting occupants, serving resources and reducing carbon emissions. Thousands of sensors inside buildings will monitor everything, from motion and temperature to humidity, occupancy, and light. This will enable repairs before something breaks and an emergency responds units will be able to respond quickly with the necessary resources. Business owners and consumers will accurately manage their energy consumption and take action to reduce it. Five, cities will respond to a crisis, even before received an emergency phone call. Cities will implement predictive policing solutions using pattern recognition of crime data to make sense of millions of historic incident, offence and the rest records. This would give law enforcement, the right information at the right time, even before a crime may be have been committed to head up spikes in criminal activity. Likewise, fire departments will begin gathering and analyzing real time data from fire inspections, citing buildings structures, historical data and even the weather patterns to prevent fires and protect first respondents when the fire occurs.