22 Apr '11, 3pm

Cisco: Network as 4th Utility in Smart Cities

Cisco: Network as 4th Utility in Smart Cities

Cities consume 75 percent of the world's energy and produce 85 percent of the world's greenhouse gases, according to Cisco's Marthin De Beer , speaking at the GigaOm GreenNet event in San Francisco, California on Thursday. And 500 million people are rapidly urbanizing according to De Beer. How do cities stay green amidst the population's march towards urbanization? De Beer provided the story of a Korean city, Songdo , outside of Seoul, as a case study. Songdo is laying claim to the title of "greenest city," as 75 percent of the residents are beginning to move in. Cisco has partnered with the developer of the city to network the entire city with an eye towards reducing energy consumption and impact on the earth. With the entire city networked and every home outfitted with telepresence technology in the TV -- people's lives change in subtle and not-so-subtle ways. Telepresen...

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