There is no doubt that Internet of Things (IoT) opens new doors for governments to offer better, ‘smarter’ services to the citizens
In some cities advanced technologies are already in use to solve issues with water supply, garbage dumping and energy management in buildings although in a limited way.
The difference between an ‘ordinary city’ and a ‘Smart City’ is the technology deployment to improve the quality of life in terms of better delivery of public services, conservation of resources and making citizen-government interaction easier.
Studies show that the volume of data in enterprises alone will grow 50 times year-on-year until 2020. Existing technology is inadequate to address this information explosion.
Besides, over 85% of the data is emerging from new sources such as IoT, social and digital media.
Given the state of infrastructure in India and the problems associated with bandwidth, connectivity, power supply, pollution, overcrowding and poverty, Indian cities have a long way to go before they become smart. But the chance to do so is at hand.
The central premise of a Smart City is ‘connectivity’, enabling real-time interaction between various infrastructure departments of the city and with citizens.
To provide good facilities, numerous connected sources of information need to be under a shared platform and the data from such sources are treated concurrently to solve any issues as they arise.
According to Sunil Jose, Managing Director of Teradata India, the provider of enterprise big data analytics, technology infrastructure in Smart Cities is all about Big Data analytics, IoT, and the connecting layer between the physical and digital spheres.