Mr Christopher Tong, engineering project manager at GovTech, discusses the challenges and complexities of scaling smart city solutions.

Dense clusters of buildings, sprawling infrastructure and hordes of people do not a smart city make. To become truly ‘smart’, cities need to sense and respond to the needs of its denizens, and that ambition begins with data.

Like the nerves of the body that send sensory feedback to the brain, networked sensors powered by the Internet of Things (IoT) allow the remote collection of data, which can then be analysed by city planners for insights.

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