Technology is playing an important role in our daily lives, it is now anywhere and everywhere in urban areas.
From the smart phone in our hands to the microwaves in our homes.
Almost everything is now becoming easier to use and more reliable and efficient. And it wouldn’t be long before smart cities start to become more common throughout the world.
A city is said to be a smart city
Only when it can gather and analyze a large sum of data from a wide variety of industries, from urban planning to garbage collection. Here are some of the ways smart cities can manage the systems in cities.
Smart Technology is able to connect itself to vehicles, different infrastructures and it helps in improving mobility.
Smart Technology is able to connect itself to vehicles, different infrastructures and it helps in improving the mobility and also the safety of the people making them more comfortable and relaxed. The streets can be constructed with sensors implanted in them that would be able to track down the data both through citizens’ vehicles and their smartphones as well as on the road in order to obtain insights of the traffic flow patterns along with road blockades and road conditions etc.
One of the living examples of such a system is that of Amsterdam, which has successfully been able to use the smart traffic management system, where they can keep track on traffic via real-time. This, in turn, allowed the entire city to broadcast information about the current times of travel on the roads, hence helping out the motorists in order to decide on which route would be the best to take at a given time.
Parking is something that is hard to find especially if the city is overpopulated or if there is a sale in the supermarket nearby, and taking rounds over and over around the parking lot in order to find a place to park a car tends to frustrate the driver.
Hence sensors are implanted inside the ground of the parking lot which can help identify which of the parking spaces are available and which ones are occupied. These Internet of Things sensors are able to transmit this data to a smart parking platform that is cloud-based, which is hence then further aggregated onto a real-time map of the parking of the city. Thus drivers can easily pull up this map on the app on their smartphones that would present the parking nearby with available space to park their cars, allowing them to save their time, money and frustration.
Water is one of the basic necessities of man. In order for its proper regulation, smart technologies can be used. They can help to improve the treatment, the sourcing as well as the delivery of water by tracking the consumption patterns for both end users as well as the end users. Cities can thus optimize as well as reduce its water waste along with its delivery cost.
The sensors could automatically alarm a city towards any sort of water leaks and help them out so that they could fix them as quickly as possible. Smart water systems are also capable of measuring rainfall as well as providing a real-time flood analysis for flood control.
The city of Castellon in Spain has been proved capable to pilot a new smart water platform to reduce utility costs and optimize their resources wisely. It has thus accomplished this through the use of smart water meters equipped with long-range sensors.
Who’s investing in the future of smart cities?
The idea of smart cities is a very difficult plan to implement properly. They are really expensive to build and regulating them is not easy either but alas there are people out there who are investing in the creation of such cities.
CORPORATES and Governments:
Below are the top 10 smart city suppliers, according to Navigant Research:
Cisco, Siemens, Microsoft, IBM, Hitachi, Huawei, SAP, Panasonic, Ericsson, GE
These corporates have invested heavily in the building of smart cities.
The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has established a global initiative called the United Smart Cities (USC) program. USC provides cities with support to develop smarter and more sustainable urban solutions by collaborating with international organizations, companies, governments, and high-level decision makers.
In the end, it is most likely to note that there will come a time when the world will become a smart world. The digital world will take over a common man’s life. Technology would make life easier for people, but it would also cause humans to slowly become lazier. But overall, smart cities are being built and this innovation is one to look forward to.