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Smart Cities with IoT in 2021

Smart Cities with IoT in 2021

This article was published by a premium member of the Thai-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce, Seven Peaks Software in regards to inform about A Smart City with IoT. It is a city that brings many advantages including technological innovation. A smart city uses information and communication technology (ICT) to improve operational efficiency, share information with the public, and provide a better quality of government service & citizen well-being ‚Äď thus including the concept of ‚Äúgood quality of life with sustainable happiness.‚ÄĚ

What are smart cities with IoT?

The main goals of smart cities are to improve policy efficiency, reduce waste & inconvenience, improve social & economic quality, and maximise social inclusion. Smart cities use IoT to deliver connected solutions for the public ‚Äď making Internet of Things (IoT) the most important factor in this topic.

The Internet of Things is the connection of billions of physical devices around the world that are now connected to the internet that collects and shares data. In other words, the IoT is a network of connected devices that communicate and exchange data, such as connected sensors, lights, and metres to collect and analyse data. These cities then use this data to improve infrastructure, public utilities, services, and more. In addition, a security system is implemented to protect, monitor, and control the transmission of data from the smart city network to prevent unauthorised access for the IoT network of the city’s data platform. This is done to ensure for a truly smart city functions at its full potential.

The concept of smart cities with IoT has its main goal is to optimise city functions and promote economic growth while also improving the quality of life for citizens by using Smart technologies and data analysis.

The key applications of smart cities with IoT

Since the internet has the power to transform the world, IoT has now become one of the most important types of substructure in smart cities. Through the effective use of IoT applications, smart cities can now make optimal use of public resources by raising the quality of services while lowering costs.

The key objective of IoT in smart cities is to provide easy and unique access to people’s sources with better utilisation and optimisation of transport surveillance, water, power, and maintenance within public areas.

The concept of smart cities is increasing transparency and action. There are few IoT applications that implement inside in smart cities as represented in the figure below;

  • Intelligent traffic management: Adaptive traffic management based on dynamic traffic modeling, with the help of real-time data from traffic sensors and cameras to prevent traffic congestion.
  • Smart health:¬†Sensor-enabled health screening machine to improve primary health-diagnosis services.
  • Smart water supply:¬†Monitoring of air quality, relative humidity, and temperature changes to transmit it to the city control center.
  • Waste collection: Monitoring waste containers/bin fill levels to optimise waste-collection schedules and routes.
  • Smart environment monitoring;¬†Monitoring water supply networks using a pressure sensor and SCADA, which helps by detecting leakages.
  • Smart meter:¬†Automated meter reading that transmits water, electricity, and gas consumption data to consumers including any concerned departments for remote monitoring and billing in real-time mode.
  • Smart parking:¬†Monitoring parking spaces by apprising drivers about parking location, space availability, and online parking payment.
  • Smart lighting:¬†Automated smart lighting controls, dimming street lights when required through using luminance sensors and motion detectors.

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