Following the first blog in our smart city series, we now explore who the real winners in a connected city are. There are many advantages in making a city smart but we are looking to analyse who some of the direct beneficiaries are. At the foundation of a smart city is robust and reliable wireless connectivity, to allow all devices and sensors to collect and transmit data that facilitates a city becoming smart. We have identified 5 key participants of a Smart City and looked at how they would benefit below.
By expanding and strengthening the coverage and performance of their network in a city, network operators are able to improve user experience and decrease churn. By offering connectivity through a multi-technology platform, operators can also benefit from offloading demand, often resulting in savings.
There are many benefits for water and energy companies, which can also be passed on to their customers. An example includes smart meters enabling utility companies to measure and bill electronically and remotely, which in turn results in operational efficiencies. Simultaneously, it allows its customers to know exactly their energy/water consumption and associated costs, in real-time. Users are now in full control of their energy usage – to help them save money, as well as making a positive contribution towards environmental efforts. There are also growing alternatives of renewable energy sources, as well as leakage identification and prevention systems, to help utilities reduce costs and becoming a greener company which benefits the whole community.
The installation of a robust and secure wireless network means security can be improved with the use of more cameras and sensors relaying real-time information. By creating a safer environment, the city becomes more appealing to businesses and citizens, creating more opportunities and resources – leading to increased social value.
All the benefits listed above have a positive knock on effect on councils – by improving their own operational efficiencies – smart waste collection, smart traffic management, connected communities (increased social value) and improving revenue opportunities for local businesses. The overall effect enables councils to reduce costs whilst improving services to the residents.
The residents of a smart city are the big winners as they reap the benefits the investments by the public and private sector. A connected city can use data and technology to provide better and more tailored services, faster access, improve social inclusion by widening online access to everyone, as well as improve amenities including health (m-Health and digital healthcare) and transport. This in turn should lead to a greater quality in life.
To make a smart city a reality, robust and secure wireless infrastructure is a necessity and that is where iWireless Solutions can help. We have extensive experience of working with operators and local councils to help get their city connected by deploying a wireless infrastructure that enables the 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.