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Cisco to transform Chilean capital of Santiago into smart city

Iain Morris
December 23, 2014

Cisco has signed an agreement with Chilean authorities to make the capital of Santiago a smart city.

Cisco (San Jose, CA, USA) says the purpose of the agreement is to explore initiatives that will advance the development and application of so-called “Internet of Everything” tools.

“One of the products that we will have through this agreement is to work together with cities that today work with Cisco – for example, San Francisco and Barcelona – where the availability of free Internet wireless for citizens has been the basis for the generation of security and transport applications that are improving the quality of life of all citizens,” said Claudio Orrego, intendente of Santiago.

Cisco and Santiago authorities also plan to develop a series of workshops and come up with a smart cities protocol for Santiago.

“One of the projects that we hope will be emblematic is the possibility to illuminate large areas of population in Santiago – for example, Alameda and some other places in town – so people can access not only free internet, but also to occupy that infrastructure and the public internet for the service of citizens,” said Orrego.

Authorities in Santiago believe smart city technologies could provide a boost to living standards in the city, providing digital information and tools that will help citizens and organizations in their day-to-day affairs.

One initiative they have already announced is an agreement to improve resource management for the Secretariat of Economy through the use of digital tools.

Smart city technologies used in other parts of the world have helped municipalities to cut down on energy usage and smooth traffic flows within city centers through the introduction of traffic management systems.

Another prominent example of smart city technology is smart lighting, allowing street lights to automatically power down unless pedestrians are in the vicinity.

The technology has already led to cost savings in other parts of the world.
 
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