Smart City proponents are working with municipalities and regions globally to assist in the inevitable transition to smart city technology. This is more than just the buzzword of the week, communities worldwide are making the move to using technology for the benefit of their citizenry and more efficient government.
Public entities responsible for managing and governing larger metropolitan areas are realizing the advantages of utilizing smart city technology. This goes far beyond just moving to smart meters for utilities, auto emergency alert systems, or communications enhancements.
Smart City Components:
- Abundant Wifi – availability of wireless internet anywhere and everywhere
- Electric Vehicle Charging Stations– networks of charging stations that support the growth of electric vehicles
- Connected Vehicle Infrastructure – connected vehicles that “talk” to each other to prevent accidents
- Smart, Sustainable Electricity – data and information that give people the power to conserve and manage energy
- Smart Street Lighting – lighting that turns on or off based on the presence of vehicles and people
- Smart Parking – parking systems that keep traffic flowing
- Interactive Signs – displays and signs that provide information, directions and help when needed.
- Smart Water Systems – from leak detection to smart sprinkler systems to conserve and manage water
- Smart Buildings – smart heating and cooling, ventilation, and lighting systems
- Wildfire Cameras – cameras in remote areas to detect and prevent fires
- Autonomous Electric Shuttles – self-driving, transportation services using carbon-free electric vehicles
- Housing Solutions – affordable, efficient, and sustainable housing for all citizens
To encompass all of the components listed above all persons and entities involved must ban together to create a master plan for smart city implementation. This includes citizens, local businesses, private enterprise, local government, and investors.
One of the first steps we have seen cities taking is the development of a smart communications backbone to build upon. Cities are upgrading to small 5G cell towers to provide strong and clear communications throughout their area. Another trend by early adapters is to establish free WiFi for citizens by having enough Wifi networks to cover their entire managed area.
Smart mobility is another priority among first movers which consists of things from smart traffic light control to intelligent parking. In addition many cities are utilizing data provided by users of “e-bikes” to help analyze traffic and how efficient the alternative e-bikes are for certain portions of the populace.
While technology enables much of what makes a city “smart,” – like sensors, data analytics, etc. – the future really isn’t about technology as an end itself, but rather serving the needs of the various stakeholders that comprise a community. Using technology to solve social problems while improving quality of life is truly the definition of “smart.”
ClearWorld is a leader in Smart City Technology and is currently working with cities around the country and the world to help them transition to smart cities.