Edited by Maged N. Kamel Boulos
International Journal of Health Geographics
Thanks to the transformative power of the Internet of Things (IoT) and its core and complementary technologies, cities around the world, as well as less urbanized regions and the countryside, are rapidly becoming 'smart' in very many ways, offering us healthier and happier places to live in. IoT is made of sensors and other components that connect our version of the world made of atoms (i.e., us humans, our body systems/health, our devices, vehicles, roads, buildings, plants, animals, etc.) with a mirror digital version made of bits. This connection enables cities and regions, urban and rural, to be self-aware and dynamically reconfigurable in real- or near-real-time, based on the changes in populations and environment that are continuously monitored and captured by sensors, and similar to the way the internal biological systems of a living being operate and respond to their environment. The big data collected by various IoT sensors can also help predict the immediate future with reasonable accuracy, which enables better planned responses/mitigation.