IoT Significantly Improves Smart City Infrastructure, Security, and Sustainability

Johannes Beekman

As the global population approaches 10 billion in the next 30 years, the solution to greater energy efficiency and seamless internet distribution lies in smart city IoT development. Not only will IoT technology reduce the strain of internet traffic in urban areas, but it will also allow for wider use of data transmission.

Omnipresent sensors are the key to interconnected cities, as they can be installed in traffic lights, parking meters, and even trash cans. These sensors communicate with central analysts who monitor activity and formulate infrastructure improvements. Soon, smartphones everywhere will be able to communicate with a multitude of community services to improve convenience.

Setting Sustainable Development Goals

The adoption of IoT in a smart city will involve installing smart devices across internet networks in various public resources. Smart meters, for example, provide measurements of energy consumption, while smart thermostats allow consumers to control room temperatures from remote locations.

Improving the quality of city life is possible through interconnected building blocks of smart technology. These components include Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWANs), Bluetooth, and 5G. Solar panels and other renewable energy sources will further contribute to energy and cost savings as useful backup power when the traditional grid experiences higher demands.

Cities will reach sustainability goals much faster simply by installing smart sensors. The technology allows officials to better understand traffic flows, energy consumption and Wi-Fi usage. Driving this revolution is big data collection. According to IBM, 90 percent of today's global data has been generated just in the past few years.

Elements of Success Behind Smart Cities

The concept of making city infrastructures more digital and more intelligent began with smart meters and smart thermostats. The use of machine-to-machine (M2M) technology will play a major role in this development for utilities as well as manufacturers. Here are the four main components needed to build smart cities of the future:

  • Nonstop wireless connectivity - A 24-hour "always on" internet connection must be achieved to provide constant services and data collection.
  • Open data - All players within a complex system or supply chain create synergy by sharing data with each other. Combining this information with contextual data will be the key to streamlining operational efficiency.
  • Reliable security - You must be able to trust a robust security system that alerts you and takes action when an intruder enters your network. Stronger encryption and ID management will ensure the right data goes to the right places.
  • Flexible budget planning - Smart electric and water systems help consumers monitor their usage so they can make adjustments to consumption as a way of controlling utility bills.

Heading for a Smarter Future

Here are some of the various niches that smart technology developers have produced so far:

  • Physical and Digital Protection - Utilities need to keep infrastructure and workers protected from attackers using modern digital solutions. Advanced security systems will continue to improve upon detecting intrusion in real-time and alerting security officials for both physical and online danger.
  • Greater Control of Energy Efficiency - Master Energy Control (MEC) gives users remote web access to energy activity from any desktop computer or smartphone. This development gives energy users the ability to conduct fault analysis in real-time.
  • Fleet Management of Transportation Resources - Operators of vehicle fleets will have more data at their fingertips to know exactly where vehicles are located and how much fuel they are consuming.
  • Connected Buildings - This AI innovation interconnects equipment within a building for monitoring and control purposes. It's the key to predictive maintenance, which helps lower operating costs.
  • E-Governance of Community Resources - Municipal and public services will become more connected with smart infrastructure. It will speed up services for communities based on real-time system analysis.
  • Electronic Mobility - Free charging apps provided by local governments will give the public greater access and control for charging electric vehicles and other digital technology.
  • Climate Changes and Monitoring - IoT devices will help collect environmental data so officials can track and evaluate air pollution for a certain region. This technology will even be applied to third world countries.

Conclusion

The emergence of smart city IoT technologies combines smart physical layers such as sensors with smart digital layers, such as AI. This innovative mix turns data collection into actionable and automated decisions. Access to this technology will be the key for future entrepreneurs and homeowners to control energy usage, limit costs, and contribute to a more sustainable society.
Johannes Beekman

Johannes Beekman

Our CEO has more than 25 years of experience in manufacturing in the high-tech industry. Johannes has worked for 25 years in the semiconductor industry, where he worked for Philips, Infineon, and Sematech in various management positions in process development, engineering, operations, and sales and marketing. While working for Philips, he was an engineering manager in 2 wafer fab startups. And while at Sematech, he managed various international technical symposia. He has built 3 successful digital marketing companies in the past 8 years. His focus is marketing integration, marketing technology, SEO, and inbound and outbound marketing. And he has developed a content creation system that uses the AIDA model to develop content for every stage of the sales funnel. Johannes has experience working with companies in manufacturing, the high-tech industry, process industry, IT, healthcare, and legal industry, and he has published on several trade-focused websites.

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