Not so long ago, the World Wide Web was considered a novelty. Now, it’s so fundamentally interwoven with our day-to-day existence that it’s difficult for anyone to imagine life without it.
These days, the Internet of Things (IoT) finds itself at a similar precipice, making the leap from experimental to essential. Around the globe, cities are racing to harness smart technologies to realize cost savings, improve safety and enrich their citizens’ quality of life.
How? Simply put, smart cities are interpreting relevant data in order to make better decisions.
The IoT allows connected devices, sensors, and systems to detect, communicate and act upon the vast reams of collected data produced by everyday life in an urban hub, to the benefit of planners and individual residents. Quite often, these devices are equipped with artificial intelligence (AI) technology that enables real-time monitoring and interpretation to make decisions, automate tasks, and improve efficiency with limited human intervention.
Traffic congestion is a significant problem in many urban areas, causing delays, frustration, and environmental pollution. IoT-enabled smart transportation systems can help alleviate these issues by providing real-time traffic data, optimizing traffic flow, and improving safety. For example, sensors can be placed on streetlights and in traffic signals to gather data on traffic volume, speed, and congestion. This information can be analyzed in real-time to optimize traffic flow, reduce congestion, and improve safety. While lowering carbon emissions from idling engines.
IoT-enabled smart transportation systems have the potential to significantly improve the quality of life for people living in urban areas. With the continued growth of urbanization and the increasing demand for transportation services, IoT is likely to play an increasingly important role in creating smart, sustainable cities in the future. This technology will save lives. And as cities become smarter every year, these systems are poised to become just as commonplace as browsing the web.
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Charles Bellemare is the Director of Marketing for LEOTEK Electronics.