Internet of Things

The modern-day space race for metropolitan areas to earn the title of "smart city" is in full swing. Among the world's top contenders are Barcelona, Singapore, Seoul, London and New York, which are leading the way in the introduction of smart technologies and applications to improve sustainability, system automation, quality of life and other key areas critical to urban centers and communities.

Parking meters, information signs, CCTV, traffic signals – almost everywhere that you look in a modern city, there’s a microchip embedded device, connecting to what has now become known as the all-encompassing Internet of Things. Although we often overlook the fact, cities are, in essence, huge and complex businesses. Cities compete for residents, investors, tourists, and even funding from central government. For cities to remain relevant, they have to become smarter, leaner, and more connected.

AT&T Alliance Channel announced the addition of a smart irrigation solution to its portfolio. The new product uses internet of things (IoT) controllers to track water flow and usage in near real time. AT&T worked with HydroPoint, a company specializing in smart water management systems, to develop the new solution, which is grouped with the carrier's smart cities product line.

A memorable cartoon shows a store with two tables, one labeled “Toys for Normal Children,” the other labeled “Toys for Gifted Children.” The former had no customers; the latter was three deep.

Apply that analogy to smart cities. Can you imagine an elected official shopping at the “normal city” table? I would argue that so many city officials are consumed with transforming their city into a “smartest city” nominee, they lose sight of doing normal really well.

Systems integrators and infrastructure vendors are learning that the best time to propose a smart building solution to property owners is often before the first lease is even signed. They say building owners who wire their buildings for connectivity and bandwidth will save money in the long run because their infrastructure will support the services that tenants will ultimately want.

City councils around the United States realize that connecting municipal infrastructure to the internet can improve the quality of life for citizens and ultimately save taxpayers money. The drive to make cities "smarter" is a clear opportunity for infrastructure vendors and systems integrators, but cities are looking to these companies for more than equipment and services.

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As more and more cities adopt the Internet of Things (IoT) to tackle challenges and increase efficiency, new questions arise. Smart cities now face issues of policy, design, civic life and economics. Technological innovation may have been the first step, but it isn’t the last.

The urban environment is getting more sentient, changing how we go about our daily lives. How could the digital revolution could change the world of resources?

Verizon Wireless has activated its Category M1 LTE network, making it the first U.S. carrier to launch a nationwide LTE network dedicated to the internet of things. The carrier said it will offer IoT data plans for as little as $2 per month per device, with customized options available for bulk activations and volume purchases.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is an incredibly diverse space, encompassing a large variety of hardware form factors and software ecosystems unlike anything we have seen in technology. Smartwatches, connected cameras, drones, thermostats, voice-enabled speakers, smart appliances and more-they all live together within the IoT.

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