The Internet of Things (IoT) allows physical devices to collect and exchange user data to better improve services. These physical devices can range among automobiles, buildings, and items. This week’s “Technology Trends” explores the IoT in combination with urban development to allow governments to harness data to offer better and smarter services to citizens.
Smarter data for smart cities – Fintech Ranking
This article defines the difference between a regular city and a “smart city”: the latter utilizes technology to improve quality of life within the city. Data that is collected is analyzed and used to provide insights on how to improve public services, resource conservation, and better citizen-government interaction.
Smart City Living Transforms the Urban Landscape – MIT Technology Review
In order to build smarter and better connected communities, the right network infrastructure needs to be established. Intelligent sensors paired with IoT’s big data capabilities can be used to improve city conditions and efficiently provide basic services. Cities all over the world are leveraging real-time information and communications technology to improve life in urban environments.
‘Smart cities’ are closer to reality than we realize – The Washington Post
Creating a smart city entails managing city services and resources by integrating augmented connectivity. City services are made up of a complex web of activity between residents and infrastructure that require effective management to achieve an interconnected smart city system. It is possible, but requires effective decision making and a steady stream of reliable data.
San Diego’s combination of local academia, talent, and entrepreneurship aspire to create the vision of what a “Smart City” should look like. University of California, San Diego will be used as an R&D facility to study city challenges such as income inequality, infrastructure weakness, security, environmental sustainability, and transportation.
Smart city technology relies on disparate operating systems and service providers to leverage their data to provide analytical insights. The need for standardization policies makes it easier for governments to implement smart city initiatives. Governments must set clear objectives to meet citizen requirements to create a successful smart city.