IBM marketing communication associate Marty Peterson, left, explains the Smarter Cities Initiative to Alejandra Slatapolsky, right, at the IBM booth during eMerge Americas TechWeek at the Miami Beach Convention Center on Monday, May 5, 2014. CARL JUSTE/ Miami Herald Staff.
eMerge Americas Techweek: From the Smart Cities expo floor
Inside the Smart Cities expo at eMerge Americas, U.S.-based Cisco and the Spanish firm Ikusi have partnered to offer technology to improve the efficiency of city services, including public security, public transportation and traffic control.
The integrated system, called Spider, is already being used at the airport in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, said Ramon Montes, general manager of Ikusi in Colombia.
With road stripes on the floor and security cameras overhead, the pavillion offered a glimpse inside a potential technologically advanced city, where the goal is to ease traffic gridlock and expedite emergency responses.
"We don't understand a city as isolated, we understand a city like a whole," Montes said.