Smart Cities

How IoT and smart city technology works: Devices, applications and examples

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As populations and urbanization rise in the coming years, many cities may turn to technology and advanced networks to help them manage resource constraints. In particular, cities could increasingly turn to a section of the Internet of Things (IoT) known as smart city solutions.

What is a smart city?

Smart cities use IoT devices such as connected sensors, lights, and meters to collect and analyze data. The cities then use this data to improve infrastructure, public utilities and services, and more.

Below, we’ve outlined how smart cities provide a more efficient and higher quality lifestyle for their residents, and the methods they use to reach these goals.

Smart City Technologies

Smart city devices work to make everyday tasks easier and more efficient, while relieving pain points related to public safety, traffic, and environmental issues. Here are some of the most popular smart city technologies:

Smart utility meters

A top IoT device among utility companies is the smart meter. These devices attach to buildings and connect to a smart energy grid, allowing the utility companies to manage energy flow more effectively.

Smart meters also allow users to track their energy consumption—leaving a significant financial impact. Insider Intelligence expects utility companies to save $157 billion by 2035 due to smart meter adoption and implementation.

Smart transportation

Connected vehicles have made their way to the forefront of public transit—and the efforts have already started to bear fruit. Insider Intelligence projects US connected cars will make up 97% of the total number of registered vehicles by 2035.

Specifically voice search and location data capabilities are attractive to drivers, and as smart applications continue to evolve and grow, so will the adoption of smart transit.

Smart grids

Arguably the greatest implementation of smart architecture and infrastructure is smart grids, which help tremendously with resource conservation. Amsterdam, for example, has been experimenting with offering home energy storage units and solar panels for households that are connected to the city’s smart grid.

These batteries help lower stress on the grid at peak hours by allowing residents to store energy during off-peak hours. The solar panels also let residents sell spare energy from the panels back to the grid.

Smart waste management solutions

Waste management is both costly, inefficient, and can cause traffic buildup. Smart waste management solutions can alleviate some of these pain points by monitoring how full trash cans are at a given point and send that data to waste management companies, providing the best waste pick-up routes.

Some smart waste bins, like the EvoEco, have the ability to tell users which items should be composted or recycled and can even show messages that share how much an organization can save by recycling.

Smart air quality monitors

There are constantly air particles, dust, dirt, cleaning chemicals, floating around in the air of one’s office building or home. Smart air quality monitors can detect these particles and inform users of pollutants.

Monitoring indoor air quality (IAQ) can better alert people of unsafe pollutant levels via an indicator light or push notifications to one’s smartphone or tablet.

Smart City Examples

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Source:: Business Insider

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Donovan Larsen

Donovan is a columnist and associate editor at the Dark News. He has written on everything from the politics to diversity issues in the workplace.

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