IoT in Smart Cities

More and more cities worldwide are looking for smart and technological solutions to offer their inhabitants a more efficient and better quality lifestyle. IoT is expected to play an increasingly important role in large cities. Especially since the United Nations predicts that 2030% of the world's population will live in a city by 60. To ensure the quality of life in a city, many cities will turn to technology and advanced networks to help them manage limited resources.

The rise of Smart Cities and IoT go hand in hand. Smart cities use IoT devices such as sensors, lighting and meters to collect and analyze data. Cities then use this data to improve infrastructure, public facilities, environment, traffic and services. In this article we discuss various use cases regarding Smart Cities.

Traffic monitoring

One of the most important parts of an IoT Smart City is traffic management. This is not easy in larger cities, as the risk of traffic congestion on the roads is higher. Thanks to IoT, there are a number of practical solutions. A good example can be seen in the American city of Los Angeles. Here, the city council has installed an extensive network of sensors integrated into the road surface. These sensors forward real-time traffic updates to a traffic management platform, which adjusts the timing of traffic signals to optimize traffic flow.

smart parking

Smart parking

Smart parking is a technological development to improve the parking process and the positioning of cars in a city with a lack of space. By making parking smart, city roads can be relieved of a growing number of vehicles. But also to reduce oil consumption and its negative impact on the atmosphere when motorists are looking for a parking space. Finally, time will be saved for city administrators.

Smart parking is not just limited to parking sensors. The industry is constantly growing and developing. These are the most interesting examples.

  • The 'counter system' is a smart device that detects when a car is in the parking lot and when it leaves. This data is processed by the IoT device and can identify free parking spaces at any time. The data is stored in the cloud so that parking managers can later use it for analysis and demand forecasting.
  • Another example are parking lifts. These are intended to optimize parking spaces by increasing the capacity of the parking space. Elevators help optimize even the smallest spaces by utilizing vertical space, allowing up to three cars to be placed in the same parking space.
  • High pollution is a huge challenge for large cities, so authorities are turning to modern technologies to encourage people to drive “greener” cars. Pollution-based fees is another way smart parking technology is helping us take care of the planet. For example, the system checks the year of manufacture and engine of the car and then calculates parking fees based on this information. As a result, owners of hybrid and diesel cars pay a 20% lower price, while this is completely free for electric cars. This should encourage citizens to drive environmentally friendly cars in the urban area. It is also possible to include, for example, the length and size of a car in the flexible prices.

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