The Smart Cities USA partnership will demonstrate how cities can use the Internet of Things to improve quality of life for its citizens.

Last years’ SmartAmerica Challenge, issued by the White House, was launched to prove how the Internet of Things could not only improve the efficiency of American cities, but also create jobs, and help develop new business opportunities. Intel accepted the challenge and created America’s first Smart City in San Jose, California. By leveraging the power of an Internet of Things network, the city is now able to monitor live statistics on transportation, air quality and more.

Intel installed sensors all over San Jose that measure air and water pollution, noise, traffic flow, energy usage, communication, and public transportation use. The ultimate goal of the public-private partnership is to use the Internet of Things to advance San Jose’s Green Vision program. It also created over 25,000 local jobs in clean technology as an added socioeconomic boon.

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