Overview of IoT in Smart Cities

Smart City can be defined as integration of information and communications technologies to enhance the performance of underlying urban services to create a pleasant and sustainable living environment. Internet of things (IoT) can be defined as group of technologies used for accessing the data collected by various interrelated devices through wired and wireless network. Internet of things (IoT) is becoming a vital working mechanism of smart cities.

Sensing technology such as multi-functional sensors for wireless networking, technologies for network services, energy-related technologies and operating systems for optimizing, scheduling, and controlling of various devices are the primary essential IoT components for a smart city infrastructure. Additionally, data management solutions are required for data categorization and analysis of various IoT devices.

Benefits of IoT in Smart Cities

  • SURVEILLANCE:
    • Optimized City Management
    • Reduction of Crime
    • Law and order Implementation
  • CONNECTED TRAFFIC SIGNALS
    • Reduced traffic congestion
    • Efficient emergency services
    • Lower fuel consumption
  • PARKING
    • Optimized parking
    • New business model and revenue opportunities
    • Enhanced User Experience
    • Integrated Payments and POS
    • Decreased Management Costs
  • Smart Lighting
    • Reduction of energy
    • Less maintenance cost
    • Less environmental impact

Vendors at various levels in smart city ecosystem are continuously investing in research and development for creating various use cases based on existing infrastructure and economic feasibility of specific region. The current IoT technology services are offered through independent specialized solutions which operates within a specific environment, however, the market is moving towards unified applications integrating various IoT technology services with advanced data security and privacy elements.

– Delsingh Bright,
Market Research Analyst
Infoholic Research