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International Journal of Health Geographics

, 13:10

Smart healthy cities and regions


This article gives a brief overview of the Internet of Things IoT for cities, offering examples of IoT-powered 21st century smart cities, including the experience of the Spanish city of Barcelona in implementing its own IoT-driven services to improve the quality of life of its people through measures that promote an eco-friendly, sustainable environment. The potential benefits as well as the challenges associated with IoT for cities are discussed. Much of the -big data- that are continuously generated by IoT sensors, devices, systems and services are geo-tagged or geo-located. The importance of having robust, intelligent geospatial analytics systems in place to process and make sense of such data in real time cannot therefore be overestimated. The authors argue that IoT-powered smart cities stand better chances of becoming healthier cities. The World Health Organization WHO Healthy Cities Network and associated national networks have hundreds of member cities around the world that could benefit from, and harness the power of, IoT to improve the health and well-being of their local populations.

KeywordsUrban health WHO Healthy Cities Smart cities Internet of Things Big data Smart location Sensors Citizen sensing Participatory governance Environmental sustainability  Download fulltext PDF

Author: Maged N Kamel Boulos - Najeeb M Al-Shorbaji

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