The twenty-first century is an urban living century. It is predicted that by 2050 about 64% of the developing world and 86% of the developed world will be urbanized. Almost everyone will inevitably face and get involved in this rapid urbanization. Urbanization brings us both unprecedented challenges and wonderful opportunities.
New technologies are making urbanization easy to manage as they create platforms and systems that make everyday lives of inhabitants easy.
For example, today, the Internet of everything and Internet of people are making it easier to manage and provide urban services through smart real-time data-driven management of urban systems. Urban communities can take advantage of smart technologies that are utilizing the rapidly growing real time urban generated data to improve the quality of life of the citizens for the betterment of society. Chattanooga is a growing mid-sized city with a proud tradition of public-private partnerships that drive innovation and sustainable economic growth and development.
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Chattanooga is uniquely positioned to be the next generation testbed for smart cities.
The city has carefully and smartly used its unique location and its resources to build the first 10Gbps fiber optic internet service through the Electric Power Board (EPB) of Chattanooga to 80,000 householders and businesses. This has led it to be called the GigCity because it is the first city in the Western Hemisphere to acquire such city-wide fast internet service.
We have been working collaboratively with the City of Chattanooga, Chattanooga Department of Transportation, EPB of Chattanooga, and The Enterprise Center in to develop, deploy, and publish innovative practices for the smart city of Chattanooga.