It would not be surprising if there are still many people who are sceptical of Smart Cities and the advantages they offer to citizens.
Many people still think that what they require are not modern high-rise buildings, but a clean environment to live where they will have uninterrupted water and electric supplies and roads without traffic jams.
Because of the existence of such perception, people need to be educated on the advantages of Smart Cities that will ensure sustainability and better liveability. This will be the great challenge to authorities who are working to build Smart Cities in India.
Many people still do not know what Internet and digital technologies would do to improve an average person’s lifestyle. They need to be told and awareness created that Internet of Things (ioT) would not only improve communication enabling a better quality of life, but it also saves lot money.
Analysts vow that a combination of technology paired with physical infrastructure and services can simplify the lives of residents. The application of IoT in areas such as transportation, utilities, and law enforcement would improve liveability several folds.
Tech companies in various fields of specialisation have their own capabilities that could improve the life of residents in Smart Cities. In the case of lighting for example, IoT can help collect data on power usage and offer citizens new services that they never before had at most economical costs.
In a published interview, Anil Menon, Cisco’s Deputy Chief Globalisation Officer, said, “A smart city is a city that uses digital technologies or information and communication technologies—connected via an intelligent network—to address challenges within city communities and across vertical industries.”
These challenges include parking, traffic, transportation, street lighting, water and waste management, safety and security, even the delivery of education and healthcare.
A smart city relies on technological solutions that enhance its existing process to better support and optimise the delivery of urban services, to reduce resource consumption and contain costs, and to provide the means and the opportunities to engage actively and effectively with its citizens, with its visitors and with its businesses.
One of the most important impacts of Smart City technologies is on traffic and parking. Sensors in the streets can be used to determine if a parking spot is empty, and anyone who accesses an app on a smartphone can find out in real time the location of the closest parking spot.
One of the top Smart Cities in the world is the Spanish city of Barcelona. The city has experienced a $58 million annual savings using smart water meter technology, according to Cisco.
The application of CISCO technology has helped cut South Korean city Songdo’s energy and water use by 30% compared to what a similarly sized city would use without smart features.
IoT means a lot when it is put into use in Smart Cities.