How is IoT utilized in a Smart City?
Like any Smart System, a Smart City is one in which sensor-driven
data collection and powerful analytics are used to automate and
orchestrate a wide range of services in the interests of better
performance, lower costs and lessened environmental impact.
Smart Cities are evolving along a number of paths, but one of the
more common aspects is in the area of traffic management
The data collected from sensors can be fed into central computers to look for patterns that contribute to poor traffic flow and other issues, allowing city planners to first test and then implement repairs and alterations to streets, highways, bridges and other municipal structures.
How other sectors in a city utilize IoT?
This same technology can be used to improve a vast array of other city services, including:
Healthcare / Water / Power / Social Services and Governance / Building / Police/Fire/Ambulance Service etc.
Smart technologies are also expected to vastly improve citizens’ access to services, in large part by streamlining communication between citizens and government agencies. We’ve all endured the long lines and complicated processes in, say, the Department of Motor Vehicles.
With smart technology like natural language processing and neural networking, citizens should be able to conduct a wide range of basic activities through an automated call center or web portal, vastly reducing wait times for those in need for more complex services.
At the same time, a steadily growing municipal knowledge base will be able to deliver the right information in a timely manner as to exactly what is required for any given result.