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Thanks for reading and I agree details are light, much of it the fault of my own. I extracted more detail from Living PlanIT and provided it down below. Having researched this, I think the main driver will be adoption of smart grids. This will provide the backbone to tie it all together. Also, noteworthy is that all tech titans are staking a claim, including IBM ( http://www-01.ibm.com/software/industry/intelligent-oper-center/ ) and Oracle ( http://www.oracle.com/us/industries/public-sector/smart-cities.htm).
"Living PlanIT's products and services address the entire lifecycle of a set of buildings and infrastructure from envisioning through to decommissioning. The lifecycle is enabled through the Urban Operating System (UOS) which provides a unified platform for the instrumentation, control, and optimization of urban environments, based on network and data center hardware. UOS software allows a router to replace traditional building controllers, which are normally single-purpose devices. The building benefits from a shared infrastructure that supports deep sensing, responsive real-time control, and high-speed flexible networking.
A wide range of sensors and actuators, supplied by Living PlanIT and its partners, communicate over IPv6 and allow a complete picture of building state, usage, and operations to be continually maintained, allowing constant optimization of energy, resources, environment, and occupant support and convenience systems. The UOS provides near-real-time communication of events across an entire city and beyond, meeting multi-level control needs via applications such as energy generation / storage / distribution / demand shaping and traffic and transportation management.
The UOS provides a rich set of application services, which support 'PlaceApps': applications that are context-sensitive - including location - and can be experienced via a wide range of devices. PlaceApps can be thought of as the equivalent of an iPhone app in an urban environment. The UOS makes building such applications easy and ensures through its extensive security and privacy framework that applications only have access to data and control capabilities that they should have, depending on the user."