The term “smart cities” is a relatively new one, but one that is becoming more frequently used as more cities equip themselves with the latest in smart technology. A recent study by Arup, a global engineering and design firm, the global revenue for these new smart technologies will reach over $400 billion dollars by 2020. This is obviously an enormous market and if you want a piece of it then you need to understand it.
What makes a city a Smart City?
The term smart city is used to describe a city that is utilizing the latest available technology and data to create better lives for its citizens and to make businesses more efficient and cost effective. The smart technology doesn’t just apply to high tech applications such as communications, solar power, and business automation. In a smart city virtually every aspect is integrated into smart technology including sanitation, waste management, power grids, urban transport, intelligent parking, e-governance and much more.
As an example of how smart city technology makes government more efficient, governments in smart cities around the world have begun to utilize wireless communications to help make decisions and deliver up to date traffic stats in real time. Smart street lights, such as those provided by ClearWorld, a Solar LED Lighting provider, can be controlled remotely by Bluetooth.
Information and Communication Technology, known as ITC, provides connectivity between the citizens and their government which creates 3-way communications with the smart technology solutions, the government, and the people residing in the city or region. This technology helps to move traffic more effectively, allocate parking remotely, and even provide easy online access to required government licensing registration and more.
The IoT, or Internet of Things is what drives and supports the other technologies used to create a smart city, including live monitoring of traffic and air pollution levels and making adjustments to improve them. This smart technology lets devices speak to each other and exchange data to become more efficient.
A part of smart city technology without which it could not operate are sensors. Without sensors none of the automated systems would be able to work. Some of the data provided by these sensors is automated and processed by AI and some by humans. Think of things like traffic lights, street lights, and subway systems on one end of the spectrum and the allocation of bandwidth to public WiFi on demand at the other.
Another indispensable part of any smart city is geospatial technology which is used in providing geo-location services which rely on GPS and help to build maps for Geographical Information Systems. This technology also helps to identify areas in which human behavior may be caused by a technology breakdown. For example it has been proven that areas that are well lit at night have lower crime rates.
One can understand why so many cities are becoming committed to smart city technology. It allows a city to run more effectively, it enhances the lives of its citizens and makes governing large urban areas much easier than in the past. Not surprisingly these same cities tend to be focused on moving to 100% renewable energy sources as well.
ClearWorld is a leading provider of Solar LED Lighting Solutions, Smart City Technology, and Smart Technology and continues to expand across North America and the world.