Whilst natural disasters cannot be avoided, many anticipate that interconnected smart cities will enable citizens to better protect themselves and empower governments to better safeguard private and public assets. Everyone desires a quick recovery.
The term smart city could be a bit of a misnomer. A better description might be ‘intelligent interconnected’ city. I say that because the “smart” part is only possible when the different systems across the city can talk to each other – i.e. exchange data smoothly and seamlessly.
There is one thing that many consider as the backbone of a smart city and we should discuss first – the Internet of Things (IoT). It refers to a huge network of things which are connected to the internet. Along with the wide availability of high-speed internet access and the growing number of Wi-Fi-enabled devices and sensors, IoT technology has become increasingly sophisticated, allowing connected things not only to link to the internet but also talk to each other.
Emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), 5G mobile networks, and machine learning are driving smart traffic fast forward. Traffic technology raises massive interest around the world
Requirements for real time, secure communications and data exchange with patients, partners, health ecosystems and network/cloud providers are forcing healthcare companies to invest in new interconnected digital value chains, R&D, diagnostics and care delivery models.
With smart transportation using smart flow systems, we can assess traffic flows in real time thanks to sensors and video capture, to then adjust intervals based on dynamically-calculated data to respond to medians and peaks. The algorithm used to calculate intervals needs to be sophisticated, factoring in many data sets.
Central to these goals is data, which plays a fundamental role in the development of a smart city – it is the currency of information, generating insights and delivering intelligence that can help enhance our interaction with the world around us.
In the spirit of the season, the Interconnections blog is offering a look at our data centers in global shopping meccas
Connected cars have captured the imagination of consumers, car manufacturers and suppliers worldwide. And no place showcases the innovations in connected vehicles and smart transportation like the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), which is being held in Detroit this week. The NAIAS Automobili-D Symposium focuses on the following trends where mobile connectivity is table stakes in this fast moving market: connected car, autonomous driving, emobility and mobility services, and smart cities.
5G networks are expected to be at least 100 times faster than current 4G networks and cut latency to less than one-thousandth of a second. The Consumer Technology Association notes that at this speed, you could download a two-hour movie in just 3.6 seconds, versus 6 minutes on 4G or 26 hours on 3G.