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With the arouse of new technologies and innovative ways to understand human behavior, the concept of city has change to function accompanied by innovation. The concept of “Big Data” helped to comprehend that people create information daily, and that this data -correctly read- allows organizations, companies and governments to anticipate their needs and act on it. Even though it is a relatively new term, it has already made something clear: we, the people, give out information freely in large amounts and that material can be transform into power of action.

That’s where the concept of “Smart City” takes place, from the knowledge that throughout technology and communication, policies to achieve better and more efficient cities could be pursued through better infrastructure and optimal governmental services such as security, health and urban planning. But how?

Even though people generates a great deal of information every day, it doesn’t mean that all of it is worth collecting. That’s where “Big Data” plays a fundamental role, since it allows to analyze and organize valuable statistics. There are numerous apps that limit themselves to recollect specific type of data, like Waze that reads traffic patterns to create driving recommendations or Google Now that predicts user`s preference to suggest actions (the weather, distance from work to home, etc.) That is why it is important to delimit the use that will be given to certain information to know what tools to use to read it.

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Since the key to create Smart Cities is to generate conditions for sustainable growth, meaning safe, resourceful, ecofriendly cities; the approaches that governments must take to walk towards that goal must be center in specific actions, for example: to improve citizens’ safety (using face recognition systems, mobility sensors, etc.), to ameliorate urban transportation (trough anticipation to traffic jams, better surveillance to accidents, prevention to bad weather condition, etc.), and to enhance citizens’ participation (creating open governments to decrease bureaucracy making the administration more efficient).  The delimitation of these spaces of action will help determine the information needed hence stablishing the use that must be giving to “Big Data”

Lastly, creativity plays an essential role since each city has different needs and must proceed at its own pace; so, it is fundamental to understand the priorities and requirements of the people to respond to them and create circles of trust that allows better and faster steps towards becoming a Smart City.

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In America the smart home technology has already become part of their lives, apparently 28% of U.S. adults and a 47% of millennials have smart home products in their home. Furthermore, an 81% of Americans would be willing to purchase a home with smart technology incorporated.

That explains why smart home is growing and gaining a comfortable place in the society. Although it’s just the beginning of a new world, the future is clearly pointing that most homes will be equipped with this technology. The automation will interact with comfortability, which means living preferences and personal health that will make our lives easier. 

It´s a new type of lifestyle more secure and supportive, for instance artificial assist to your needs is one of the multiples possibilities. Even small robots are being designed to make your companion like Zenbo, who moves around your home and is capable of recognising your faces and others around, it also responds to requests and manage other smart devices.

Artificial intelligent (Al) devices and software at home will soon be the new generation including a new way of babysitting and playmates. Besides, security systems such as Google Weave, the secure JSON-based standard for Smart Home communication and the Apple operating system iOs8 with additional features like HomeKit will reduce home insurances

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Your life can provide independence from utility companies and this is due to the artificial assistant that is capable of power your home. How? Devices like solar panels and automated lights have been already presented as part of the home utility system. This system can power your home even when the sun is down and will reduce your carbon footprint.

Additionally, smart home technology will be able to customize automatically your preferences and health needs at home. The best part of this is that users won´t have to go through massive construction structures for the installation of these devices. 

Although there is still plenty of work to be added on this new technology, one of the main challenges is to be able to connect individual devices to one central location for easy adjustment and control. More companies are now developing tech that can control other home tech gadgets simultaneously. The whole point of the system is to manage many stuffs without lifting not even a finger. It will get smaller and more compact every year, making your daily life easier and avoiding wires and devices all around your home. 

Smart home is definitely the new lifestyle and is expected to be accessible for everyone, it’s an exclusive way of maintaining your home safer and smarter.