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World's smart cities

Rio de Janeiro: Rio de Janeiro, the second largest city in Brazil in 2010 tasked IBM with a project of interconnecting its 30 important agencies which includes transport and emergency services, which will enable smoother movement of traffic and public transportation systems. This network of agencies will also help in ensuring that power and water supplies work more effectively.

The aforesaid coordinated system will work brilliantly in the eventuality of a crisis like a building collapse wherein all the concerned departments of the city can coordinate for a faster and effective rescue operation.

World's most futuristic cities

A number of international capitals are leaders in using 'smart' technologies--citywide high-speed Internet access, for example--to improve the lives of their citizens. A recent BBC report lists the 10 innovative cities that have leapt most boldly into the future.