This is a term we are hearing more and more as cities across the world are striving to become Smart. But what does this mean? And how can a city become smart? iWireless Solutions is taking a look at this exciting concept which is becoming a reality for many.
As the development and integration of technology continues to grow globally, so does the ambition to be all-connected to further enrich our lives. The theory goes that interconnecting technologies will work together for a better city. Smart cities use data and technology to improve effectiveness and efficiency of the services (and infrastructure) it offers to its residents and local businesses. Technology enables data to enhance interactivity, transform working environments, reduce costs, ensure efficiencies (e.g. utilities, mobility, etc.), and increase the touchpoints between city councils and its communities.
This requires utilising the city infrastructure, such as schools, hospitals, utilities and transport, and connecting them to the latest technology which enables city infrastructure to communicate with each other and the public. This allows city councils to understand clearly how the city operates and is evolving by using the data collected and carefully analysing it. The city council can then take this information and make the city far more efficient, which in turn will mean the city works better for residents and make their lives easier.
The data is generated by sensors and real time monitoring systems that are embedded in infrastructure across the city. Examples include smart lighting that switches on when a pedestrian passes by, smart parking that allows residents to locate spaces, and free public Wi-Fi. There are several cities across the world that are already offering smart solutions, such as Singapore, Barcelona and London. The race is on for cities to become the first truly Smart City and as technology rapidly develops there is a real sense of excitement and anticipation to see what the digital future holds for communities.
Connectivity is key – and it comes with a variety of challenges, such as seamless coverage, capacity, availability of spectrum, limitation of street furniture (assets). We will look at this in further detail over the next few weeks as we delve deeper into exploring what it means to be a Smart City.
iWireless Solutions has extensive experience of working with operators and local councils to help make their city smarter by deploying a wireless infrastructure that connects and enables communication between assets and users. You can find out more about how we can help by speaking to one of our technical specialists by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us on 01342 305038. To make sure you don’t miss anything keep an eye on our News page or follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.