Technology is already transforming our cities. By 2020, there will be more than a billion smart energy meters in use. There will also be 50 million smart street lights, and close to a million smart bins.
And smart equals savings. Smart transport systems can save cities $800 billion per year. And that’s just the start.
At the heart of the smart city is its network of sensors and controllers. Using state‑of‑the‑art wireless communication, positioning, and timing technologies, these enable us to create safer and more sustainable places to live, work, and visit.
Read on to discover how smart technology could transform your city.
More sustainable cities
Smart cities are environmentally sustainable. They take full advantage of clean energy and keep electricity and fuel usage to a minimum. Emissions are low, while waste is minimized.
Making this possible are pioneering initiatives such as smart street lighting, optimized waste‑collection routes, and smart parking systems that guide drivers straight to available spaces, reducing their search times and traffic.
Lower ongoing costs
Smart cities are also financially sustainable. Low energy usage means lower bills. Remote asset monitoring combines with artificial intelligence to reduce asset wear and tear and cut maintenance costs by allocating resources and repair schedules in clever ways.
Over‑the‑air software and security updates mean assets have longer lifespans and less need for human intervention.
Smart cities are also safer because they use innovative techniques to cut crime and reduce accidents. Responsive lighting, improved surveillance, and intelligent monitoring make the public realm safer today and enable planners to make further improvements based on real insights.
Securing your smart city
As you connect up your sensitive infrastructure, securing it becomes ever‑more important. It also becomes more challenging, with so many components in play.