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How has IoT Facilitated Smart City Development?
Cities across Europe are becoming smart cities, thanks to the unlimited opportunities that the technology of IoT offers.
FREMONT, CA: IoT-enabled capabilities are indispensable for the development of smart cities. Europe has been able to accelerate the development of its smart cities owing to the technological advancements the region has made with respect to IoT. Connectivity remains the most significant requirement of smart cities, and IoT is the most efficient way to achieve a coherent set of functionalities that form the core of any smart city. From infrastructure and service management to security and surveillance handling, IoT facilitates it all. The following insights make IoT’s role in the development of European smart cities evident.
• Intelligent Street Lighting Systems
Street lights are an integral part of any urban landscape. However, street lights can be energy-intensive. Smart lighting solutions can help bring down energy consumption by street lights. The solutions involve the use of IoT technology to create connected street lighting systems that are equipped with light-detecting sensors. This enables street lights to respond to natural lighting conditions. Besides, these street lights are strategically located, and smart cities also plan on using them to facilitate 4G and 5G connectivity.
Waste management is one of the vital areas of any smart city project. Urban waste management has benefitted significantly from IoT solutions that streamline the collection and segregation of solid wastes. Recycle bins are being equipped with the ability to compact wastes, thereby enhancing efficiency and capacity of waste collection. Sensors also play a role in hassle-free transport, dumping, and recycling processes.
• Effective Security and Surveillance
Smart cities are better equipped to mitigate security risks owing to IoT-enabled surveillance solutions. Traditional methods of physical surveillance have several limitations. Sensor-powered security camera s and alerting systems that can detect and convey risks across the city to law enforcement officers are significantly better. Thus, IoT enables European smart cities to develop a robust security infrastructure.
IoT is expected to continue serving as the backbone for the future development of smart cities in Europe.