Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Smarter City

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The Smarter City, Social Services
More than ever, government social services organizations are under pressure: budgets are shrinking, services are inconsistent, and casework isn�t integrated. But the tools needed to reduce this pressure are here. By using the data they already collect and integrating it into an intelligent system, organizations can prevent fraud and errors, improve services and reduce costs.
With a holistic view of their clients, caseworkers can make sure that the right people have access to the right services when they need them. Likewise, social services clients can become active participants by accessing and tracking their own information.
A smarter approach to social services can mean improved services to citizens, increased efficiency for government organizations and better outcomes for society.

The Smarter City, Transportation
Next time you're stuck in traffic, think about this: as smart as our cars have become, our roadways are about to get a whole lot smarter.
Building new roads and new lanes often just isn't possible any longer, but building intelligence into the roads and the cars-with roadside sensors, radio frequency tags, and global positioning systems-certainly is.
In Stockholm, a new smart toll system has reduced traffic congestion and carbon emissions by impressive percentages.