How Does IoT Influence the Development of Smart Cities?
Smart cities use digital technology to improve public safety, energy efficiency, sustainability, and overall quality of life. They use IoT (Internet of Things) devices such as connected sensors, lights, and meters, to collect and analyse real-time data. City administrators can then use this precise data to carry out initiatives like improving infrastructure, public utilities, and services.
Out of all the recent technological advances, IoT undoubtedly has the most substantial impact on the development of cities. IoT is revolutionising life, helping us to move confidently towards a necessary technological revolution. Let’s explore the growing impact that IoT devices will have on both people and the planet.
Better Traffic Management
As infrastructure has failed to keep up with overpopulation and the rate of urban growth, smart city innovators were challenged to develop a solution for severe traffic congestion and an increase in road accidents. Our solution centres around the optimisation of traffic—meaning we implement intelligent traffic management devices like the Smart Radar and the Smart Outstation. These technologies combined allow users to monitor traffic delays and incident information so they could plan more effectively, improving the safety and efficiency of our roads. In combination with this, the radar technology also offers valuable data on road & intersection performance, average speeds, and flow efficiency allowing governments to make informed decisions on road safety infrastructure. As a result of these devices, Smart City can now prevent congestion and drastically decrease the rates of road incidents.
Improved Waste Management
Improving waste management is an essential part of the Smart City initiative. Our innovators were tired of seeing their streets in unhygienic conditions—covered in litter and overflowing rubbish—affecting the aesthetics of the area and polluting the air. To improve this issue, we invented an advanced smart waste management system in the form of the Smart Bin and the Smart City Manager, which vastly improves our waste services.
For large cities, waste management is costly, inefficient, and often a cause of traffic build-up. Our smart waste management system uses IoT technology to optimise the efficiency of waste collection, decrease operation costs, and reduce rubbish overflow and pollution of our streets. Our solar-powered Smart Bins are equipped with a level sensor, which communicates numerous times a day with our Smart City Manager. This data allows waste management companies to plan the best waste pick-up route, avoiding the clearance of unfilled bins and the possibility of litter overflow. This smart waste management transforms cities by reducing the consumption of fossil fuels, air pollution, and traffic congestion, resulting in a healthier life for us and the planet.
Enhances Public Safety
Not only do IoT devices keep people safe on the roads, but they can also improve public safety by making it easier for emergency services to respond to incidents. IoT networks allow officials to monitor real-time data through sensors and cameras, improving their ability to react quickly in the event of an emergency. The cloud-based nature of IoT devices means that police, fire, and medical personnel will all have access to the same data, greatly improving communication, response times and ultimately saving lives.
Want to get involved?
What we have touched on here is only the beginning of what IoT can do to improve your city, the possibilities are virtually unlimited. IoT will begin to shape all aspects of our lives, including healthcare, agriculture, education, manufacturing, and much more. If you are a forward thinker and a decision-maker, we want to hear from you. Get in touch with us today, and we can get your community involved in the Smart City initiative.