From our Worldwide Government blog...

As 2012 comes to a close and we look toward 2013, many of us will make New Year's resolutions to invite change and improvement into our lives. In the spirit of the New Year, today I'd like to reflect upon ways that governments are working to improve the communities in which we live.

As the most visible communities, cities are home to more than half of the world's population, and are projected to grow faster than ever. Keeping pace with this growth is requiring cities to become more efficient, or "smart" in the way they serve constituents. As government organizations aim to serve their city-dwellers in the most cost-effective and engaging ways, more than ever technology is playing a large role in advancing smart cities. Here's a look at technology trends that are shaping smarter cities of the future.

To read more of this post by Joel Cherkis (General Manager, Worldwide Government and Security) - please visit our sister site - the Microsoft Worldwide Government blog.