Change The World Around You With IoT

Cities around the world are transitioning to smarter, more connected infrastructure. Using IoT to increase public safety, access, waste reduction, and so much more, Smart Cities are paving new avenues to a better tomorrow.

Smart Cities

Smart Cities are by and large a framework built upon Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). They act as an intelligent network of connected devices and machines that continuously transmit data to each other using wireless technology and cloud services.

The cloud-based IoT and IIoT applications analyze and manage data in real-time. It helps municipalities, enterprises, and even citizens make better, informed decisions and improve the quality of life.

People can engage in a Smart City ecosystem in many ways. They can be a part of the network using their smartphones and other mobile devices, or even through their homes and intelligent cars. To pair devices and data of the people with a city’s infrastructure and services allows to cut costs and improve sustainability.

Besides, Smart Cities can improve energy distribution, streamline trash collection, decrease traffic congestion, and even improve the quality of air with the help of IoT devices.

IoT is running the show

The upcoming secure wireless connectivity along with promising IoT and IIoT technology is uprooting the traditional aspects of city life and replacing them with next-generation intelligent enhancements.

An easy example is the streetlights running on the solar power managed by a cloud-based central control unit. Seeing it is only one of the many Smart City solutions to better the quality of life, it’s safe to say they shine beyond lighting needs.

The high-power embedded LEDs can alert cars about almost anything from traffic issues to weather warnings. Streetlights can be used to alert people about free parking spots through a simple mobile application. The possibilities are endless. But how does it all work?

What’s behind their success

Smart Cities work on four essential elements along with the help of people, dwellings, commerce, and the traditional urban infrastructure-

1.   Pervasive wireless connectivity

The entire framework of Smart Cities stands tall on a reliable, pervasive wireless connectivity.

The evolving Low Power Wide Area Network (LPAWN) technologies seem to suit most of the Smart City applications as they are cost-efficient and ubiquitous. You can think of LTE Cat M, LoRa, NB-IoT as some of the examples. However, the 5G technology is expected to take over Smart City technology and accelerate new developments.

2.   Open data

Be it organizations or people, they have always kept their data in a vault and tend to share as little as possible out of privacy concerns and fear of security breaches. Although, the concerns are justified Smart Cities need the people to be open.

Open data is a key enabler of sustainable Smart Cities. The informed decisions the ecosystems promises to provide to the citizens come from all participants sharing information. This allows combining contextual data with the raw data that is analyzed in real-time to offer help and decision support in real-time.

3.   Security you can trust in

Each partner involved in the ecosystem abides by four core security objectives to ensure the city is secure against hackers, cyber-attacks and other data thefts.

  1. Availability: Reliable real-time access to data.
  2. Integrity: Keeping the data intact and true without any manipulation.
  3. Confidentiality: No unauthorized disclosure of sensitive information.
  4. Accountability: An immutable logging system to keep track of the users’ activity and hold them responsible for their actions.

These security objectives are achieved by strong authentication and ID management solutions. They are integrated into the ecosystem to ensure authorized information sharing only. Similar solutions also protect the back end systems from any intrusion or hacking.

4.   Flexible monetization schemes

Sustainable commerce models help Smart Cities thrive by facilitating the success of all the participants. They make sure each member’s intellectual property is valued and rewarded.

For example, the subscription-based model helps monetize software and hardware services used in building the Smart City infrastructure. It allows suppliers to offer their products and services based on subscriptions. People don’t have to buy anything anymore.

Conclusion

Smart City technology is growing along with the rapidly developing urban areas by leveraging the pervasive connectivity, open data, end-to-end encrypted security, and software solutions for the monetization to enhance sustainability and better the quality of life for many. For more information on how Data Solutions Group, Inc. can help implement your Smart City solutions check out our Smart Cities page.

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