February 29, 2016Liza Benkovitch
Every year we hear about the concept of Smart Cities. It’s safe to assume 2016 will be an important year for smart city initiatives, part of the “smart government” movement. A smart city connects communities with technology and leverages operations throughout the city. The Internet of Things, cloud computing, big data, are used to identify which aspect of the city infrastructure needs to become “smarter.” Data and resources are shared between private sector and public service providers, such as water and utility companies.
Smart cities initiatives are in line with energy efficient and environmental sustainability government priorities. For example, Copenhagen aspires to be the first carbon neutral capital by 2025. The municipal government has already implemented LED lighting systems serving as the backbone of network capabilities and telecom communications. LED lights are used for energy conservation and as a sensor mechanism to collect data on traffic, road patterns, emergency situations, and more. It’s anticipated more than 10,000 “intelligent LED lights” will be installed in Copenhagen to reduce energy costs by 70% and decrease carbon emissions.
By investing in smart technology, governments will be able to effectively manage the usages of energy, light, power and water. The access to safe and clean water is one of the biggest issues for developing countries. Meanwhile, governments and utility companies are trying to find ways to manage consumption and conserve water. This seems to be a double-edged sword type of problem that can be fixed with “smart” technology. Smart water networks. Water technology is a good way to ensure water is delivered and managed efficiently, resulting in more transparency in management of resources.
Smart city initiatives are about leveraging technology, inclusive growth, citizen engagement, and “digital business and civic innovation.” These initiatives also bring job opportunities, which fosters economic growth and revenue mobilization. The Internet of Things is a powerful tool to bring about transformational changes and industrial growth in any city.
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