Smart cities evoke thoughts of modernization and transformation. Likewise, they evoke a vision
of the future of daily life. What exactly is a smart city, and how do innovations like
Soundsensing fit in?
Definition: Smart cities are urban areas that leverage hardware, software, and extensive data, in
order to provide optimized city-life. The specific technology that help to provide these outcomes could be sensors tracking weather conditions, better WiFi connectivity, or real-time analytics
helping to reduce traffic congestion. While these only represent a small subset of the possible
ways cities are looking to enhance daily life, stakeholders across the world are looking to layer
innovative solutions on-top of their urban areas.
Examples: Smart cities appear in each continent, and while the criteria for defining a smart city
might change based on varied stakeholders’ goals, cities like Barcelona, London, Singapore, and
New York are commonly referred to as some of the world’s smartest cities.
Benefits: What benefit do smart cities bring to citizens and governments? As technology is
developed across every vertical, citizens yearn for better public services. Citizens likewise hope
their public services resemble the technological sophistication provided through consumer-facing
applications. Governments can leverage advanced technology to better design tools that provide
both enhanced existing and transformative new services that effectively serve citizens.
Soundsensing: Technological solutions come in all shapes and sizes. Soundsensing is
transforming sound to help smarten a variety of stakeholders by using machine learning to
monitor and turn sound into an actionable form of data. With applications spanning across construction, traffic-management and noise-pollution, their data can be used to ensure the development of cities is not only effective, but also healthy places where people want to live. Soundsensing can identify the source of a noise, all while running from the Edge and providing built-in privacy.