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Get Smart: 10 Cities Using Data to Improve the Quality of Life

More than half the world’s population lives in cities, with the number of residents expected to grow from 3.5 billion to 5 billion in the next 20 years. That has cities from San Francisco to Helsinki (and one entire country, the island of Malta) analyzing data in new ways with the goal of improving the quality of life in urban areas.

This decade, cities around the world will invest $108 billion in smart city infrastructure, such as smart meters and grids, energy-efficient buildings, and data analytics, according to Pike Research. Here are 9 cities (plus Malta) that are leading the way in using data analytics to reduce crime, congestion, and waste.

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