Smart Cities Poised to Transform Life as We Know It
Life is about to change dramatically for many city dwellers as the circular economy and the rise of the Internet of Things join forces to make everyday processes much smoother and more efficient.
One way life will be different in smart cities is related to improvements in mobility. Real-time streaming traffic data, mobile parking apps, and car sharing programs will be used to cut down on road traffic, shorten commutes, and curb emissions. Meanwhile, transport apps will help people find the quickest route to their destination at any given moment using means such as buses, trains, bikes, or self-driving cars based on public transport and real-time traffic data. Those who walk could benefit from smart street lamps that adjust their brightness depending on an individual’s proximity to save energy without compromising safety.
Smarter Energy and Power Supplies
IoT could well pave the path for distributed energy networks. Homes, businesses, and factories could generate their own electricity using renewable resources. The extra space in roofs, walls, and windows could be used to generate power from the sun and wind, and batteries can store excess energy. A grid can connect everything so that buildings can share any excess power they generate with others that need it. In addition, smart sensors will be used to maintain the system and make it more efficient.
Homeowners with extra rooms in their home could covert them into secure offices that could be rented via city-wide sharing platforms. This is something that should be in high demand as the trend of working remotely grows. Within the home, smart thermostats can adjust a room’s temperature as you enter and exit, helping to conserve energy and keep bills low.
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the potential of smart cities to make everyone’s life better while also preserving resources and helping the environment.