What a Post-Pandemic Smart City Will Look Like
Smart cities are urban areas that rely heavily on technology to create a safer, more efficient, and more convenient society.
The demand for these cities continues to rise, and by 2025, the global market for smart cities is estimated to be worth over 1.6 trillion Euros, reports Forbes. This extremely positive outlook is also encouraging corporations and governments to invest in innovative technology on a vast scale.
Making a city smarter can involve several variables. It can mean things like increasing connectivity through the internet or using self-driving cars. Switching to an alternative and renewable energy source, like solar power, is another step towards becoming a smart city because solar energy is far more sustainable than fossil fuels. Hoymiles’ write-up on energy solutions provides an overview of how smart city residents can have a seamless, clean, open energy ecosystem. It is also easier to monitor energy usage, and it costs less in the long run. Rechargeable cars are also likely to be a permanent fixture in smart cities, with charging hubs accessible on major thoroughfares. Given all these connected technologies, tools, and devices, smart cities can also expect to have a more integrated Internet of Things (IoT).
With the world going through a pandemic, integrating clean and smart technology will probably become a priority as more people are becoming increasingly concerned about health and sustainability. Here are the things you can expect in a post-pandemic smart city.
Drones have become increasingly popular in society since the pandemic started. UNICEF notes that drones are being used for several purposes, such as disinfecting large areas to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. They have also been used for surveillance purposes to ensure the public is following lockdown restrictions.
Beyond the pandemic, smart cities will most likely find further uses for drones. Drones may aid in traffic management because of their high visibility and good mobility. Besides, they can help monitor the environment and record data concerning natural disasters. Additionally, drones could be used to send emergency announcements and medical aid to remote areas where disasters occur. Using drones could help a smart city create a better and more efficient environment for its citizens.
The Internet of Things
Due to lockdown restrictions, consumers have turned to the internet to carry out most tasks. The Internet of Things is a network of interconnected devices that allows data to be exchanged efficiently, which is highly important in times of border restrictions and working from home. You may even be using an IoT-connected device without realizing it, such as a home security system or an RFID tag. IoT facilitates automation and connectivity that is very much needed today.
There is high demand for integrated ecosystems as more technological advancements are made in smart cities. The pandemic has further pushed the integration of the IoT into today’s world as many businesses are running off-site. Creating a smart city means being able to incorporate these devices into people’s everyday lives. However, a previous Teltonika Networks post discusses how internet connectivity could come with reliability, ease of use, and security issues, making communities and businesses vulnerable to data breaches. In smart cities, this is very dangerous as the majority of the workforce may become remote employees. That is why security is just as important as network integration.
During the pandemic, there have been fewer vehicles on the road, reducing carbon emissions. Cities are now realizing how vital clean energy is for helping the environment. When smart cities roll out electric mass transportation, it will significantly reduce air pollution and carbon footprint. Cleaner air means a healthier and better quality of life for citizens, leading many major cities, like New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle, to transition to electronic vehicles (EVs) as the main modes of transportation.
According to Amos Haggiag, not only will electric vehicles lead to cleaner air, but they will also help towards solving climate change by using fewer fossil fuels and decreasing the carbon emissions from gas-powered cars. As the coronavirus pandemic has pointed out, a public health crisis can have substantial economic consequences, so using EVs can help solve future problems. Because smart cities also emphasize the green agenda, sustainable and electric transportation is the way forward.
These integrated advancements improve overall living conditions in a post-pandemic world, particularly in smart cities. But none of these devices will work without connectivity. Teltonika Networks offers many products that can bolster your connection, like routers, modems, and gateways. Without this interwoven ecosystem, creating a smart city will be unfeasible. With these new connected technologies, cities can better address productivity, cybersecurity, health, and climate issues. Connectivity enables new technology to function together and create a better life for all of us.
Written by Lara Pyle for teltonika-networks.com