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Hey San Fran, you’re not so bright. Santander, Spain is as smart as they come.

Everyone knows just how connected San Francisco is. The city is wired front and back, left and right, and top to bottom. They aren’t the most connected city in the world, however. That title belongs to a little known area in Spain.

This provincial port town, set between verdant hills and the Cantabrian Sea, has drawn Spanish summer-goers for centuries. Its pretty facades seem set in time.

But today, on the 19th century lampposts, on the sides of historic buildings, and buried underneath asphalt are thousands of sensors, 10,000 in all, that are attempting to catapult Santander far into the future – as the “smartest” city in the world.

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