Smart city programmes and open data initiatives will benefit 50 percent of citizens in million-people cities by 2019, according to market research firm Gartner.
In a new report, Gartner said the technological and societal change in the past decade has forced governments to start testing the waters and become tech affluent.
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This has already started in some major cities, where governments have led smart city funds or brought in engineers to build public services for citizens, but Gartner sees it becoming far more ubiquitous in the next three years

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