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IoT: Essential Technologies for Smart Cities

With the expansion of urban areas, technology is essential to tackle future challenges. Cities are becoming intelligent to leading with traffic congestion, urban mobility, and sustainability. In 30 years time, smart cities will be a revolution thanks to Internet of Things (IoT).

The potential of technology

It is a matter of time that governments worldwide realize the huge potential of the Internet of Things (IoT). People are living in overcrowded cities which urgently need to solve problems such as energy efficiency, security, and mobility, and that is why the combination of technology paired with physical infrastructure will be the solution to address these challenges. By 2050, we will see the evolution of cities into smart cities using the Internet of Things (IoT) to improve and simplify people’s daily life.

But what is the Internet of Things (IoT) and how is it going to revolutionize life in the future? Internet of Things is the network of a multitude of devices connected by communications technologies that result in systems that can monitor, collect, exchange, analyze, and deliver valuable new insights. In short, a pragmatic perspective on digital transformation.

It’s all part of the plan

San Francisco, London, Barcelona, and Singapore are evolving their technology steadily, and IoT is playing a crucial part in keeping these cities moving, with innovations such as environmental monitoring systems, parking technologies, as well as LED lighting systems networked with sensors and e-mobility. This year, Barcelona’s new digital city plan aims to use technology ensuring better public services. “The most urgent problems of the urban environment: waste management, energy, mobility, housing, the battle against social exclusion and population aging, to guarantee a better and more equal quality of life,” says Barcelona City Council, which host the Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) in November.

Clearly, smart cities and connected technologies have the potential for changing in a more efficient way of life, and more and more cities rely on technological solutions to optimize their urban services and to engage with their citizens, visitors, and businesses.

Photo credit: Smart City Expo
Source: Barcelona Digital City / GE / CurrentEman Martin-Vignerte (Huffington Post)

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Manuela Ramos Cacciatore
Spanish journalist and tech-lover. At the university, I found out that social media and online communication were my passions. Also travelling, writing and running. Make me happy retweeting my content.