Internet of Things in Smart Cities: Global Lessons

[Security   Exhibition   Network   Smart City]   The   Internet   of   Things   is often called the next industrial revolution by industry experts, and it is changing business, consumers and government. According to an IDC report, as cities continue to invest in hardware, software, services and connectivity that support the Internet of Things, global spending on smart city projects is expected to grow to US$ 158 billion by 2022.

Many commercial fields have implemented and utilized the great potential of Internet of Things technology, but the public sector also has a certain share of early adopters in possess. Faced with increasing public expectations and better public participation, many cities and municipal authorities have launched Internet of Things projects to improve their important services and the quality of life of citizens.

The Internet of Things project is not only limited to back-office applications, but also enables cities to better adapt to and respond to changing environmental conditions-improving infrastructure and public safety and other key services. These cities can now allocate resources more effectively, improve their sustainability and protect energy. Let’s look at two successful cities in the world. They are using the Internet of Things to improve back-office processes and involve people in citizen-centered water resources and traffic management applications.

Smarter Water Resources Management: More Accurate Tracking

According to a study by IoT Analytics, Europe ranks first in the smart city projects of the Internet of Things and accounts for 50% of the smart city projects in the world. For many years, the Smart City Initiative has been a priority for European policy leaders and businesses. In 2011, the European Smart City Initiative was launched to support smart city projects, with a special focus on reducing energy consumption in Europe.

One result of this initiative was found in Castellon, Spain, where Internet of Things technology is being used to accurately track and control water resources management. From 600 pilot intelligent water meters to 30,000 at present, the intelligent water meter has provided the city with real-time water consumption data.

The innovative system includes remote and low power consumption functions, which are used to collect and transmit household water use information so that the city can accurately track and control water resources management. In addition, this measure enables Castellon to quickly detect leaks, Debug, and easily connect the water supply network in real time to prevent service interruption and expensive maintenance costs.

The results ensured that the city continued to provide sufficient drinking water to its citizens while reducing unnecessary waste.

Smart Command Center: Better Urban Mobility

Although Europe accounts for 50% of smart city projects, attention to the Asia-Pacific region continues to grow. Although the region accounts for only 15% of the current smart projects, research shows that this trend will change rapidly. By 2025, more than 50% of smart cities are expected to be produced in China with an economic impact of more than US$ 300 billion.

In one example, Singapore is committed to improving the mobility of the city by introducing more intelligent technologies, thus making roads safer and keeping traffic flowing. Since transportation is a growing concern in many large cities including Singapore, the smart city project will input traffic data into a centralized operation control center, which will aggregate the data and provide real-time traffic information to the public. Through real-time traffic information on mobile phones, portal websites or navigation devices, drivers can immediately know about traffic accidents and congested road sections so as to determine alternative routes.

The move aims to reduce the number of vehicles in congested areas so as to improve the safety of major roads and expressways. In addition, city managers have obtained the necessary data to adjust the traffic light system according to changing traffic conditions.

U.S. Ready to Learn Lessons from Global Success

Although governments around the world are committed to improving productivity, reducing costs and improving citizens’ quality of life, the United States has been lagging behind in developing innovative smart city technologies. However, this trend is about to change. According to IDC report, US smart city project spending is expected to account for one third of the world’s total in 2019.

Through careful study of the current series of global smart city projects, the U.S. government and local municipal authorities are ready to bring smart achievements to their citizens. This enables us all to look forward to a future in which many cities will be equipped with innovative technologies and change the way citizens and city interactive are treated. From pedestrian detection centers at intersections to automatic dispatch systems that greatly shorten response times, and even integrated asset management tools that promote preventive urban maintenance, smart cities will come soon in the future.

Article Link: Security Exhibition Network

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