Understanding the Role of Smart Cities, its Impact and Futureby Monomita Chakraborty February 19, 2021
Smart cities are no more a thing of the future. They’re here.
How will smart cities provide new ways of living and working? Ever thought about that?
Smart Cities, also called Smart and Connected Communities, are being permitted thanks to the development occurring in the Internet of Things (IoT). There is a rapid growth of devices in our personal and business lives which are digital, linked, and worthy of data sharing.
In order to make effective decisions and enhance the quality of life, smart cities put data and digital technology to function. More extensive, real-time data gives companies the chance to view events that occur, understand how market trends change, and react appropriately with strategies that are faster and less expensive.
According to Rattle Tech, “This is an area of great interest as more than 50% of the world population are currently living in cities and projections are for this to increase to 70% by 2050. Cities will face challenges from sustainability, energy, safety and service delivery and the solutions being framed to address these challenges rely heavily on the Internet of Things.”
What makes a Smart City smarter?
Urbanization globally is apparently invincible, and the living cost in cities is rising exponentially with ever more citizens, risking increase in social disparities, slowing down the economic growth and bumping up the rate of violence. By introducing technology into city projects to help cut prices, smart cities are said to provide the solution to the issue.
Technology has now taken city infrastructure to the center of our priorities, and progressively people are adopting smart homes. Also, government bodies are encouraging smart technology projects, from smart streetlights to autonomous vehicles transportation systems. Smart cities are no more a thing of the future. They’re here.
There are four important elements required for flourishing smart cities, in addition to residents, housing, trade, and conventional urban infrastructure:
- Wireless Networking Connectivity
- Open Data
- Protection on which you can rely
- Versatile payments strategies
IoT’s role in the Smart City
IoT devices such as linked sensors, lighting, and meters are used by smart cities to acquire and process data. This knowledge is then used by cities to develop infrastructure, utility services and facilities, and much more. Two outstanding applications are the growth of the smart home and the smart city.
The more IoT is incorporated into the urban landscape and our everyday lives, the more data will be available on growth, problems, and infrastructure and environmental improvement opportunities. IoT could have the greatest effect on the development of the cities of the future, among all the innovations that have recently emerged.
You can see that most cities have developed entire IoT ecosystems when you compare the past and the present, surrounding their citizens with significant advantages of autonomy, protection, medical care, and greater productivity. The world is shifting, heading toward the next industrial revolution with confidence.
The role of 5G Connectivity in Smart City
If you take 5G for instance, there’s far more to it than just speed. It’s about volume growth as the network expands, ability to respond, internet of things, virtual reality and automated vehicle technology. With 5G, healthcare services will develop as this will allow for telehealth conferencing.
A consistent framework will be available that will allow more users to use the network, exchanging data with a more consistent connection at the same time. 5G has a higher capacity, which means that a lot more devices connected can be handled & it is worthy of using different frequencies, and less interruption will occur.
5G will unlock the doors for innovations that have been silently evolving in the backdrop, such as smart homes, power management, transport services that will work smoothly and enable smarter education systems as well.
The Future of Smart Cities
As cities develop and smart technology continues to progress, both will become interconnected. Improved decision making can enhance the infrastructure of cities as a result of using big data and other smart technology. Better choices could be very important to the society, of course. We will not only focus on improving how we communicate with our surrounding atmosphere by looking towards the future, but also how cities connect with us, making sure that we get the best quality possibilities and end up wasting limited resources.