Cities are getting smarter all the time: A full 66 percent of U.S. cities have already invested in smart technology. This means they are amassing mountains of data — and are ripe for some good old-fashioned American entrepreneurship…
This unprecedented data collection offers unprecedented opportunity to turn it into something useful, whether it’s in grid technology, mobile apps, sustainability or quality-of-life issues.
Many startups have been quick to jump into city issues, such as waste management and congestion. Austin-based Sensco uses sensor data to detect leaks in the water-supply infrastructure. RoadBotics tracks road conditions and alerts drivers and local government officials to specific types of road issues, such as potholes.