on 30 August 18
It is hard to imagine a world without vast bustling cities like New York, London, Sidney, Tokyo or Dubai as they have become the centers of huge industries and innovations. With growing populations and millions of visitors every day, it comes as no surprise that large investments are going into the creation of smarter cities.
The development of smart cities include many different small changes, it is estimated by 2050 that 70% of the world's population will be living in smart cities. These cities are now huge innovation hubs and the focus has been on making the most out of the opportunities brought along with the 4th industrial revolution. Each day cities are filled with new extraordinary and innovative technology, wireless charging sites, drone deliveries, virtual ordering and booking, purple wifi and more. It makes you wonder what technology you could live to see in smarter cities in future, there's some great opportunities to find out.
The emergence of the 4th industrial revolution and the Internet of Things is driving the future of smarter cities and metropolitan areas around the world. What is your vision of the future? How can technology innovations help to make for sustainable, secure and efficient cities in future? How can cities lower their operating costs and position themselves as eco-cities or smart-cities that attract the best of society?
Tangible benefits of the Internet of Things are already falling into place with plenty of incentives in place for cities to embrace the changing world of technology including smart connected devices.
There are some sticking points that require development in future, like unsecured wifi networks and IoT connected devices being easy to target but development is well under way to solve these issues in a quick and appropriate way.
There are also great ways to save money in smart cities through efficiency means for example upgrading 160,000 street lights in LA with remote monitoring and smart controls would cost approximately $14 million the city would save over $8 million per year to switching to energy efficient LED bulbs. The tech automatically updates city employees with alerts when the bulbs are out. This could also help to measure air quality, traffic patterns and become instrumental to improving life for city goers in future.
Smart building materials such as smart windows which are reactive to changes in environment like sunlight, heating, cooling and electricity consumption. The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory recently found upto 26% savings on cooling and upto 67% savings on lighting. This allows businesses and individuals to reduce their levels of consumptions in new smart and efficient ways.
With this information collected from smart developments cities can reduce energy related savings and costs, as well as reducing their environmental in the long term enabling them to conserve resources of high priority. What would you like to see smart technology target next? Is there anything that you would like to see in future cities?