What is a smart city?
A smart city is a framework, predominantly composed of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), to develop, deploy and promote sustainable development practices to address growing urbanization challenges. A big part of this ICT framework is essentially an intelligent network of connected objects and machines that transmit data using wireless technology and the cloud. Cloud-based IoT applications receive, analyze and manage data in real time to help municipalities, enterprises and citizens make better decisions in the moment that improve quality of life.
Why do we need smart cities?
Urbanization is non-ending phenomenon. Today, 54% of people worldwide live in cities, a proportion that’s expected to reach 66% by 20501. Combined with the overall population growth, urbanization will add another 2.5 billion people to cities over the next three decades2. Environmental, social and economic sustainability is a must to keep pace with this rapid expansion that is taxing our cities’ resources.
How is IoT technology making cities smarter and better?
Secure wireless connectivity and IoT technology is transforming traditional elements of city life - like streetlights - into next generation intelligent lighting platforms with expanded capabilities. This includes integrating solar power and connecting to a cloud-based central control system that connects to others assets in the ecosystem.