How IoT can be used to build Smart Cities
Cities stand to benefit the most by connecting their people, devices, and systems. Many cities across the world have already initiated this transformation, and the results are promising.
Distribution of electricity, water and gas, maintenance of utilities, public surveillance, billboards and signage, as well as, deployment of emergency services, law enforcement, and waste management are few of the many places where a city can leverage the Internet of Things to go on its way to becoming a smart city. The use of various types of sensors, an IoT platform, and the cloud enable the centralization of all these points and propel us toward the age of The Jetsons.
The key here is to devise strategies at the earliest stage and make room for the massive data that will be generated. Remote monitoring and control aside, analyzing data from these sources and programming triggers based on calculated values can lead to faster decision making at the system level. For example, smart lighting can be implemented on roads for an efficient use of the city’s electricity. The system can dim the lights, turn them on / off according to the people on the road, and take appropriate actions in case of a failure, all without human intervention.
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With smart traffic management, municipalities can direct the traffic by broadcasting travel times of certain routes to ease congestion and let the citizens choose the route best suited to them. The system can clear a path, set all signals to green, so that the emergency services can reach the incident as quickly as possible, whereby reducing traffic, saving energy and improving public safety. The resulting benefits are for the city, the environment, and most importantly, its people.
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The global smart cities market was valued at $506.78 billion in 2012, and is expected to rise to $1.26 trillion by 2019