Houston was hit by Hurricane Harvey . . . hard. But fortunately, there may be a silver lining in those dark clouds. The city is turning to 'smart cities' technology to both aid in the recovery and to be better prepared for the next set of challenges.
Efforts include installing better flood warning systems using cameras and sensors, installing free Wi-Fi on buses and trolleys, and a broader network of IoT sensors to monitor air and water quality and sewer outflow. All of these capabilities (and more) make Houston a more attractive place to live and work, aiding its badly-needed economic recovery. It also can support greater innovation in citizen services as well as providing a platform for businesses to improve how they work and serve customers.
Read more in this article about how Houston is working to 'make lemonade out of lemons' from the Hurricane Harvey experience.
Cities that (embrace) the cloud and IoT can spur innovation and economic development . . .“When a city like Houston can show this integrated, connected infrastructure for its citizens . . . it brings other innovation,” . . . “The return on investment becomes pretty exponential.”