M Ramachandran: Towards smart cities

Examples from all over the world show how ICT (information, and communication technology) is being actively employed to change the way traffic complexities are managed, and how cities deliver services and are made safe and secure. Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, constantly mired in traffic jams, decided to turn to technology for a solution; as a result, commuters now receive traffic alerts and re-routed directions via social media before congestion becomes problematic. Singaporeans receive traffic predictions with an accuracy of 90 per cent.