According to Pike Research, annual spending on smart cities will reach $16 billion by the end of 2020, as more and more cities around the world are starting to use smart solutions and Internet of Things to solve problems, save money, and manage smartly. Internet of Things will transform cities and urban planning worldwide. It is already helping governments in various realms, including Smart Governance, Smart Mobility, Smart Utilities, Smart Buildings, and Smart Environment. According to an estimate, by 2050, more than 70% of the world’s population will live in Smart Cities. In this article we will explain in detail how IoT can help smart cities in making better decisions.
Emergency Policing and Incident Command (EPIC)
Cape Town, South Africa suffers from intense fires in summers. To solve this problem, computer scientists and infrastructure experts decided to install an IoT-based system which could help the city in avoiding such disasters. Cape Town is now using Emergency Policing and Incident Command (EPIC). It is an Internet of Things-powered solution that provides data sharing and combined operational facilities to all the city authorities. EPIC works on sensors that are placed around the city. It has integrated call centers and emergency trigger systems which can help in dispatching of resources and field-enabled mobile devices.
IoT in Traffic, Waste Management and Infrastructure
Internet of Things can help local governments in various areas, including public transportation, energy efficiency, waste management and parking. Urban planning can be improved by proactive monitoring. There will be no need to hire hundreds of people for a single city system. Sensors, cameras and processors will provide real-time information. IoT can also help devices in doing predictive analysis. Sensor-based signals is a case in point. In many countries of Europe, signals turn themselves on and off based on the amount of people on each direction instead of hardcoded, time-based triggers. This system is quite efficient in solving the traffic problem.
IoT Helping in Building Health and Structural Revamps
In the third world, thousands of people die every year due to withering buildings which collapse due to earthquakes or minor seismic movements. IoT can help with distributed database of building structural integrity measurements, which can be collected by sensors. Temperature and humidity sensors also play a key role in determining the health and future of infrastructure and buildings. Internet of Things will cut the need of periodic structural testing by human operators. Governments can use vibration and seismic readings in order to preconceive the results of possible earthquakes. This would save lives and millions of dollars every year. The European Smart Cities project is already using this concept to improve city infrastructures.
ThingWorx’s Amazing IoT Solutions for Smart Cites
ThingWorx is a great IoT platform provider which promises to help governments around the world in the development and establishment of smart cities. The company provides the first ever IoT platform designed to meet the unique needs of today’s connected world. The company has installed its solution to monitor and track Veolia Water’s water and sewerage services in Tidworth, Wiltshire, UK. The project was done with the help of software company Aquamatix. ThingWorx is also working on IoT-based traffic management, railway systems and City integration systems.
Urbiotica’s Solutions for Smart Cities
Urbiotica is a Spain-based IoT company that provides solutions for smart cities. The company has successfully developed and installed sensors and systems for waste management, traffic management and water management. Its parking system, called U-Spot, is designed to help cities solve the problem of parking. U-Sot uses earth’s magnetic field to detect available space in parking lots and updates data on apps and systems to facilitate administrators.
Sensus’ IoT Solution for Energy Management
Sensus is a US-based Internet of Things company which has developed several spectacular solutions for smart and connected cities. Its VantagePoint Lighting Control is what attracted me the most. This system uses a lighting control module, lighting software Sensus’ FlexNet platform to save energy and manage lights smartly. Using this platform, cities can save millions of dollars every year which are wasted on energy costs and unnecessary lighting.