In the near future, government leaders will be equipped with intelligent data. Sensors on streets will communicate with vehicles to provide real-time road and conditions. Traffic signals will dynamically change to reduce congestion. City leaders will evaluate the structural health of all infrastructure by monitoring vibrations at material conditions in buildings, bridges and monuments. Law enforcement and public health officials will use sensors for perimeter access control and hazardous gas monitoring. The benefits of smart city technologies are vast and quantifiable. They will save money and lives.
However, the benefits also come with risks. Relying on an infrastructure of millions of interconnected devices places security at a premium. The ability to infiltrate just one device could give hackers, terrorists or rogue nations the keys to wreak havoc on large population centers. Without a secure cyber foundation, smart cities will crumble. Built on a secure cyber foundation, smart cities will thrive. – Liz Hyman, Executive Vice President, Public Advocacy, CompTIA