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Image Gallery: IBM Empowers Smarter Cities

To ease the strain population growth places infrastructures and governments, IBM is combining business analytics with cloud computing and smart grid technologies to help urban systems operate more efficiently.
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2007 marked the first time in history that the majority of the world's population lived in cities, when the planet's headcount of urban dwellers surpassed 3.3 billion. By 2050, city dwellers are expected to make up 70 percent of the Earth's total population - 6.4 billion. The growth means local authorities will need to work even more closely with private industry to develop smart solutions that can manage demands on urban infrastructure and resources.

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