The U.S. government wants to use sensors to make cities a lot more livable.
The White House announced this week that $160 million will be spent on creating what it calls “smart cities,” cities that are wired up with sensors that can relay data back to local organizations, companies, and governments so that they can identify issues and more quickly respond to changes.
The initiative is pretty broad and consists of research grants and spending from numerous federal organizations, but the general goal is to address issues like traffic congestion, crime and climate change, while improving city services and economies.
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This article originally appeared on Recode.net.