So the term Internet of Things (IoT) is mainly used for devices that wouldn’t usually be expected to have an internet connection and that can communicate with the network independently of human action. So, think of a lightbulb that can now be switched on using a smartphone or a child’s toy that can be remotely turned on and off at night or even a keyless car. All these things, and many, many more are things that can be connected to the internet to be controlled or that can process and provide data and information. Now think about things on an even bigger scale, like smart city projects that use sensors to provide real time information that will help with the environment, traffic and the user experience. The new Internet of Things applications around the world are enabling Smart Cities to be just that, smart cities.
At Smart City here in New Zealand our processes will provide you with the ability to control devices, manage data and make informed decisions. With the sensors that we have available we can provide constant streams of real-time data that can only be good to know, particularly when hard decisions need to be made and, at times, justified. If you want to be a smart city then you need to have information technology integrations together with a high degree of information resources. Smart technology, smart industry, smart management, smart services and smart life are all necessary components of a smart city. The Internet of Things is about having sensors for pretty much everything then connecting them through the internet. Once that is happening smart cities will be provided with intelligent recognition, location, tracking, monitoring and management. Smart cities need to have three features to be successfully formed – they need to be instrumented, interconnected and intelligent. Only then can a smart city truly be a smart city. And only with Smart City, right here in New Zealand, can you actually be a true smart city.