4 Ways Smart Cities Are Using Digital Technology For Better, Safer Lives

May 16, 2017

Smart cities use digital technology in order to create a home with enhanced performance and better quality. The advanced communication and the digital technologies currently available to us today can be used to make the lives of city dwellers and home owners better and safer.

Cities are growing faster than the world population. It is increasingly challenging for large and fast growing cities to manage their operations. The Internet of Things (IoT) is enabling ‘things’ (objects and devices) in our lives to exchange data in a common network. The IoT will play a major role in developing smart cities that help planners truly understand our everyday tasks. But how can smart cities improve our lives?

By 2020, the IoT will connect more than 26 billion devices and almost anything – your connected car, your pet’s collar and even your city – will communicate with other things. Innovations in IoT technology are helping private and public organizations gain insight into the needs of their communities. Cities will become smart by:

  • Developing strategies to plan for long-term growth
  • Creating more energy-efficient environments
  • Improving their infrastructure
  • Keeping citizens safe

IoT technology can help to accomplish many things from cities. It can help to lower energy consumption to streamline communications and achieve better efficiency than ever before. Cities using smart technology can track and locate assets that belong to the city such as machinery, buses, utility trucks and can even raise an alarm if there is a need to accomplish that.

IoT Technology offers better and more unique ways to ensure that we lower our consumption of energy and our greenhouse gas. In fact, in some cases, the actual trash receptacles are able to tell the city when they are full to allow for faster removal of garbage. Smart cities permit us to better serve the people who are part of them by managing many services without any type of human interaction at all. Smart lighting can shut down street lights when there is no one in the vicinity and smart sensors in buildings can adjust temperature and humidity to keep the perfect environment.

Bill McCabe is an IoT expert who has worked with IBM, Deloitte, Accenture, Cap Gemini, Oracle, JDEdwards and others designing recruitment plans for high value IT and IoT talent in Sales, Marketing and Consulting.

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