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Three major factors are converging to make smart cities a reality: the exponential advances in information and communications technologies (ICT), rapidly expanding applications of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the fast-paced advancements in machines that are already going beyond their basic functionalities. Technology can contribute in many ways to the development of smart infrastructure. However, it's the interactions between people and the machines that are integral to the social, cultural and economic life of these smart cities. Citizen-centricity has always been at the heart of smart city design and, today, machines are being upgraded with deeper intelligence and advancing further to acquire the innate sensing abilities previously unique to humans. As a result, sensors would become the eyes and ears for connected living in the smart cities ecosystem. This ad... (more)