Smart cities are the epicentre of infrastructure and technology.
By 2050, 2/3 of the world’s population is expected to live in cities. To limit strain on resources and infrastructure, cities from around the world are taking the necessary steps to not only live better but smarter.
In our latest infographic, “The Internet of Things and Smart Cities,” we explore how cities from around the world are using technology to decrease congestion, reduce energy waste, improve quality of life, and enhance security.
What are Smart Cities?
Smart cities are connected devices that are integrated into a city’s infrastructure, such as sensors embedded into paved roads, street lamps and garbage bins. The Internet of Things refers to connected devices sending data to the Cloud.
Major cities around the world are tackling a number of infrastructure problems with this latest technology:
- Traffic Congestion and Parking:
In Barcelona, drivers use an app to find available parking, limiting city congestion. The app gathers information from sensors embedded in parking lots.
- Energy Waste and Fuel Emissions:
San Diego replaced 3,000 streetlights with smart lights, saving the city $250,000/year. Smart traffic and street lights reduce fuel emissions.
- Lifestyle and Convenience:
In 2015, Barcelona won the 2015 World’s Smartest City for it’s free city-wide public wifi.
- Safety and Security:
England is currently testing streetlamps that become brighter and take video footage to the sound of banging and hollering. AI, heat maps, and police cruiser cameras all assist police work.
The World’s Smartest City
Songdo, South Korea was built as a smart city from the ground up. The city took 10 years and $35 billion to develop. Sensors are embedded in streets to monitor temperature, traffic, and road conditions, and well as fire, water level, and water quantity.
Video conferencing is readily available in offices, hospitals, shopping centres, and homes. Even more, all garbage is rerouted to waste collection through underground pipes, and water pipes prevent waste of drinkable water.
Check out the below infographic to learn more about the Internet of Things and Smart Cities.