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Jesmina García and Saúl Castelar

The migration of people from rural environments to urban ones in search of opportunities and a better quality of life is more evident each passing day. 

That is why it's said we're entering the century of megacities, a result of the fast urban growth experienced in the world today. The term 'megacity' applies to urban conglomerates with over 10 million inhabitants. 

The growth and consolidation of megacities will drive a need for resources and services that will become more critical and harder to satisfy over time. The need to provide urban services in an optimized fashion will make it indispensable to have technologies to support this goal. 

City dwellers, as the users of these technologies, will become fundamental players, particularly with their role in generating information and feedback; this will allow for the improved operation of the technologies in effect.

Public institutions, responsible for providing and managing several basic urban services and infrastructure, will be fundamental to most of the processes that will make cities smarter and more livable.

We cannot underestimate the importance of private companies (like ours), which through innovation, can supply technologies for the automation, optimization and control of several key elements for a city, such as urban mobility, public security, electrical power, etc.

We have a big challenge ahead of us: transforming our cities into sustainable and efficient places today, anticipating and responding to the varied, growing needs of their inhabitants.

All of us who live in cities have a fundamental role in urban survival. In a world that becomes more urbanized each day, it will be essential to create smart cities and to establish connections between the people living in them, as well as with other cities. This will allow for cooperation and mutual learning between urban centres, a sharing of experiences in the development of "urban talents and capabilities" that will result in better city management.

How are we contributing to this goal here at Smartmatic? By creating and development technologies that make governments more efficient and transparent, which leads to them providing a better quality of life to their citizens. We also constantly invest on research and development of technological solutions, innovation models, and the development of cooperation opportunities between the public and private sectors; both sides generate urban development models with a global, long term vision of the management of human talent, and their capabilities to plan and manage the cities of the future. 

We know that smart cities aren't just technology, but they (information technology in particular) are the backbone of urban automation that makes them possible. High-performance transactional platforms that automate the core processes of urban interactions are the foundations of the future automation and intelligent humanization of cities.  

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