Internet of Things - What to Expect from Smart Cities
Smart technology and the internet of things (IoT) are becoming ever more popular in the modern world, appearing in more and more parts of our everyday lives. So fast is the development of this technology that there is a very real probability that Smart Cities will be with us before we know it.
So, what is a smart city? What does it mean to the users of those technologically advanced cities? We now look at the the subject in greater detail to really get to the heart of what we can expect from a smart city of the future.
The foundations of a smart city are built on the available connectivity that allows all of the smart technology to do its job. Data is integral for making everything work as it should and in a smart city, we can expect supremely high levels of available WiFi and data access. The data network is the metaphorical glue that holds everything together, so in a smart city, this will be need to be abundantly available.
Not only will this connectivity help those who live in the cities we speak of, but it will also help tourists and visitors to flawlessly navigate and interact with their surroundings. Whether it’s being used to access bus timetables or finding the nearest museum, the data network in a smart city will need to be incredibly robust.
City Updates on Digital Signs
Up to the minute information on what’s happening in the city will likely be commonplace too, with updates on things like pollution levels, traffic problems and business services being displayed on screens and signs everywhere. These signs can be used for a wide variety of purposes, from advertising to public service announcements to emergency broadcasts. In a smart city, IoT and smart technology will keep everybody in the loop.
Internet Access for All
Like it or not, not everyone can access the internet, with as much as half of the population of the world falling into that category. This certainly won’t be the case in a smart city, as this basic right will be made available for free to every one of its citizens and by providing these services, the city’s population will remove many of the barriers and unnecessary complications involved in accessing important local services.
One of the most striking ways in which a smart city will differ from traditional types is the efficient way it will be able to use energy. Lighting for example, will be able to be switched on and off as required, with a real emphasis on “off when it’s not required”. Intelligent sensors will be able tell if anyone is on the street, saving enormous amounts of needlessly wasted energy.
Traffic jams, something synonymous with big cities will be greatly reduced also, thanks to smart technology, with the traffic flow being regulated automatically from a central location. It sounds like the stuff of science fiction, but it’s very real and not very far away.
Smart cities are going to revolutionise the way cities operate, but firstly, the fast internet backbone needs to be in place first before anything like what we’ve described is possible. Without a fast broadband infrastructure, all of the IoT hardware plugged into it won’t be able to function.
At Sure Universal, we are excited to see this kind of scenario being as close to reality as it has become in recent years. We’re not quite there yet, as it is a big undertaking, but it does appear to be just around the corner.
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