Widespread Smart City Technologies

CIO Review Europe | Thursday, September 02, 2021

Smart grids are arguably the best example of smart architecture and infrastructure, as they greatly aid resource conservation. For example, in one city, home energy storage units and solar panels are being offered to residents who are connected to the city's smart grid.

FREMONT, CA: Smart city devices aim to make daily tasks easier and more efficient while addressing public safety, traffic, and the environment. The following are some of the most commonly used smart city technologies:

Smart Utility Meters

The smart meter is a popular IoT device among utility companies. These gadgets link to smart energy infrastructure and attach to buildings, allowing utility providers to manage energy flow better. Users can also track their energy consumption using smart meters, which has a significant cost impact. According to research, smart meter adoption and implementation will save energy firms 157 billion dollars by 2035.

Smart Transportation

Connected vehicles have risen to the forefront of public transportation, and their efforts are already bearing dividends. As per a study, by 2035, connected automobiles will account for 97 percent of all registered vehicles in the United States. Drivers are attracted to smart transit because of voice search and location data capabilities; thus, as smart apps expand and grow, so will the use of smart transport.

Smart Waste Management Solutions

Waste management is both expensive and inefficient, and it can result in traffic congestion. Smart waste management solutions can help ease some of these issues by tracking how full trash cans are at any one time and sending that information to waste management businesses, which can then provide the optimal waste collection routes.

Smart Grids

Smart grids are arguably the best example of smart architecture and infrastructure, as they greatly aid resource conservation. For example, in one city, home energy storage units and solar panels are being offered to residents who are connected to the city's smart grid. By allowing residents to store energy during off-peak hours, these batteries help reduce grid stress during peak hours. Residents can also sell any excess energy generated by the solar panels back to the grid.

Smart Air Quality Monitors

Air particles, dust, grime, and cleaning chemicals are continually floating around in the air of one's office building or home. These particles can be detected by smart air quality sensors, which can then alert users to the presence of contaminants. The use of indicator lights or push notifications to one's smartphone or tablet to monitor Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) can better inform people of dangerous pollutant levels.

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