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How the City of Houston is Building Disaster Resilience with Video Technology

Roughly 29 percent of the world’s population in 1950 lived in cities and urban areas. Today, this number sits at 55 percent, and by 2050 it is expected that close to 70 percent of the world’s population will live in cities.
 
City managers around the globe are challenged with providing for the safety and security of their ever-increasing number of citizens. The rapid adoption of smart city technologies is helping managers tackle expected big-city problems—but what about the unexpected? City leaders must act now to transform smart cities into safe cities, and that’s exactly what’s happening in the City of Houston.

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