Four Advantages of Smart City Technology

CIO Review Europe | Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Smart city technologies can enhance the environment, resident's health, cost of living and contribute to a better quality of life.

Fremont, CA: A smart city makes use of data and technology to improve efficiencies and the lives of its residents. By 2050, the United Nations expects that the majority of the world's population will be living in cities. As a result, there are more environmental, sociological, and economic challenges. Smart city technology can help address some of these issues and make cities more liveable. Smart city technology, according to a McKinsey Global Institute study, can enhance the key quality of life metrics such as cost of living, safety, time, jobs, connection, environment, and health by 10 to 30 percent.

Here are four advantages of smart city technology:

Controlled traffic flow

Traffic is one of the big concerns for many city residents, but smart city technology has some solutions. Residents can be alerted to take public transportation during off-peak hours using smart technology. Riders of public transportation in several places may track their bus or train destinations and alter routes if necessary. Intelligent traffic lights can reduce congestion and traffic flow by adjusting public transportation routes in real-time according to demand.

Improved health and energy utility

Cities can use smart technologies to save and decrease water and electricity waste successfully. Thanks to smart sensors, cities can now detect leaks in pipes faster and repair damaged areas in less time. LED street lights change or dim in response to real-time data. Sensors that measure air quality can identify pollution sources and suggest ways to reduce emissions. Residents' capacity to speak with their doctor through video conference, as well as life-saving, timely immunization or sanitation messages, can all contribute to community health.

Safe cities

Wi-Fi, IoT, and surveillance cameras are examples of smart city technology that can improve citizen safety and reduce incident response times. Face recognition, fire, and smoke alarm capabilities, and even the locking and unlocking of doors are all new surveillance camera technologies that assist reduce the danger of crime. Together, these technologies make communities safer.

Upgraded infrastructure

Predictive analytics is a smart city technology that can identify areas that need to be corrected before a breakdown occurs. In buildings and bridges, smart sensors detect structural changes, tilts, and cracks. The sensors then send out messages indicating that inspections or maintenance are required. This helps cities save money and lives by preventing infrastructure failures that may have been avoided.

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