Whats In A Smart City
More and more countries are creating Smart Cities that leverage internet and communication technologies to elevate the quality of residents’ lives and further economic growth.
Too many people lose out on access to high quality healthcare because of geographical distance. Fortunately, the advent of mHealth is bringing people virtually closer to top-notch practitioners and facilities at the click of a button.
Education is one of the tenets of a Smart City, and technology is revolutionising the way people learn.
Open Data Initiatives
Open data initiatives are gaining popularity across the globe.
The first thing that springs to mind when people talk about the role of drones in a Smart City is security.
Big data is the backbone of a Smart City. But big data means big storage. Fortunately, the cloud offers the ideal solution for big data storage, without compromising on computing speeds.
Internet of Things
The Internet of Things (IoT), through which connected technologies communicate with each other without any human intervention
A Smart City generates a volume of data that is, at times, too large to be pored over by humans.
World Health Organization predicting that by 2050, predicts that 75 percent of the people on the planet will be urban dwellers.
Various cities will have the different goals and needs when becoming a smart city. In Pittsburgh, Pa., the focus is on clean energy and air quality, but in Washington, D.C., improving public transportation is key. Whereas Chicago, is controlling the rodent population by using predictive analytics to determine which trash dumpsters are most likely to be full and attract more rats. Chicago is also working with local universities and colleges to develop technology, and providing open-source code so that developers around the globe can use what Chicago has already developed and build upon it. San Francisco & New York City has apps that allows smartphone users to find available parking spots in garages throughout the city.
GE, makes sensors that are placed within smart streetlights. These sensors can measure foot traffic, finding out how many pedestrians are on a city block at a certain time of day, which is useful information for any business that might be interested in moving to that area. The sensors also allow citizens to connect to an app to tell them the quietest path to take to get to their destination, which is convenient if someone is on a business call and doesn’t want the sound of city traffic to interfere.
Vancouver, which has the goal of becoming the greenest city on earth by 2020. Their Citizens are engaged by keeping in touch with them via a report card every six months. Companies like IBM can listen to social media and tell you what your citizen concerns are. They can tell you which side of an issue they’re on. A major concern for city leaders is how they can afford smart technology. It might not be possible to reallocate funding for a new project, and it can take months, if not years, to get approval for new funding within a municipality.
Atlanta, like other metro centers, is striving to become a “smart city” via the latest technological innovations. However, with some of the city’s infrastructure over 100 years old, it faces challenges that planners hope to resolve through an integrated technology approach. To date, Atlanta has implemented numerous newer and emerging technologies as part of its smart initiative. These include environmental sensors, video analytics, artificial intelligence, data analytics, real-time situational awareness tools, big data management, traffic management tools, smart lighting, and smart waste management. The city has planned deployments of technologies including radar detection, dedicated short-range communications, autonomous vehicles, and connected vehicle systems.
It has be said that the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) could be as the eyes, ears and sensor network for the smart city.
According to a panel at the Smart Cities Summit in Boston, the future of the USPS may revolve around big data, Internet of things and smart cities.
Here is the How:
- Trucks and assets drive through cities everyday.
- These assets could monitor conditions and the environment for things like potholes, potential for blight and infrastructure conditions.
- Data could be delivered back to cities to enhance services.
- This data enablement could be a new revenue stream assuming that the Postal Service would be allowed to expand into new services. Regulations prevent the Postal Service from entering non-postal businesses.
- Jessica Raines, public policy analyst at the USPS’ inspector general office, who recently published research on the partnering possibilities for the USPS and smart cities says “There is a lot of potential in smart cities for the USPS,” said Raines. “Think of how many assets, infrastructure and people we have.”
Cisco just released the first global ‘Internet of Everything’ (IoE) curriculum designed to create a framework for the next wave of IT professionals who wish to learn about how the IoE will work. Cisco has identified IoE technology as a potential $19 trillion market opportunity.
For the public sector IoT technology is seeing its first use cases in smart cities initiatives, with the implementation of sensor networks and other software that track parking, traffic systems, and also municipal infrastructures. At the State level, implementations are also making their way through the US in areas like grid systems or facilities management.
It is predicted that there will be 50 billion connected devices by 2020 creating incredible amounts of data and innovation possibilities that will revolutionize the job landscape.