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SMART CITIES AND SMART CITIZENS In Smart Cities, digital technologies translate into better public services for citizens, better use of resources and less impact on the environment. Trust and privacy will be key to ensuring the support of citizens, both resident and visiting the city.

Jan Borunský, Czech Republic The Internet of Things may become a playground for hackers who could direct the wrong routes for cars and planes if security is not put first. By now, there are still lots of people who have probably not heard of or are not fully aware of the term Internet of Things (IoT). I strongly believe that in couple of years from today, this term will be as common as the word Internet is today. The IoT allows objects to be controlled remotely across existing network infrastructure. Connected devices become an intelligent system of systems. In short, we can say that things take care of themselves. The main purpose of IoT should be to make life easier and more efficient. IoT can also help us to save money by reducing consumption of energy in households up to half of price. Of course it is also a huge opportunity for companies dealing with technologies because it is estimated that IoT will consist of almost 50 billion objects by 2020 which makes about 8 IoT devices per person. Experts expect that cities will invest about 41  billion dollars in the next 20 years to upgrade their infrastructure with IoT. Moreover, the IoT can influence all areas of our everyday life. As a known example, I can mention a smart fridge.

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