Cities of big data: Seattle gets more from less power

As the population in metropolitan regions continues to swell — 82 percent of Americans now live in cities — energy efficiency and water conservation are becoming critical aspects of many cities’ sustainability programs. Cities large and small are looking for ways to make their infrastructures leaner and greener, while adapting to a budgetary climate of limited resources.
Increasingly, cities are tapping into big data and analytics techniques to increase efficiency, provide better public services and save money. Seattle, for example, has forged a partnership with Microsoft and Accenture aimed at reducing power consumption through real-time data analysis of different types of buildings in the city’s downtown area.

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