Smart Cities and Locations - Connecting Communities
Addressing sustainability challenges to create a great place to live and work.
Our cities are transitioning using technology and sensors to collect data.
A Smart City or Location serves its community more efficiently and interactively using ICT/IOT to enhance services, and increase contact between citizens and government.
Technology and physical devices become part of the IoT, and along with data analysis they improve the quality of life for the citizen.
Local governments are leveraging Telecommunications and Low Power Wide Area (LPWAN) wireless technologies, LTE CAT M, NB-IoT, LoRA, and Bluetooth to connect and improve infrastructure, efficiency, convenience, and quality of life for residents and visitors alike.
Insights from the data are used to manage assets, resources and services to improve the utilisation of our cities, regions and communities.
Individuals engage with the smart ecosystems in various ways using smartphones and mobile devices and connected cars and homes.
- Connected traffic lights receive data from sensors and cars adjusting light cadence and timing to respond to real-time traffic, reducing road congestion.
- Connected cars can communicate with parking meters and electric vehicle (EV)charging docks and direct drivers to the nearest available spot.
- Smart garbage cans automatically send data to waste management companies and schedule pick-up as needed versus on a pre-planned schedule.
- Citizens’ smartphone becomes their mobile driver’s license and ID card with digital credentials, which speeds and simplifies access to the city and local government services.
- High-power embedded LEDs alert commuters about traffic issues, provide severe weather warnings, and provide heads up when environmental like fires arise.
- Streetlights can also detect free parking spaces and EV charging docks and alert drivers where to find an open spot via a mobile app. Charging might even be able from the lamppost itself in some locations!