14 Ways in Which IoT is Going To Revolutionize Smart Cities With Smart Homes!

Smart cities, or intelligent cities, or the internet cities are the cascading wave of the Internet of Things (IoT). Appropriate usage of resources, streamlining communication and improving the lives of citizens is the primary goal of smart cities with future buildings. Smart cities use information, communication technology, internet of things and urban information to increase the efficiency of city operations and services, connect citizens, improve the life and foster sustainability. Smart cities result in smart homes which enhance the living standards of people living in the city.

Salient features of smart cities:

1. An app on your smartphone will help you to find a parking spot. Sensors in the street will determine if a parking spot is empty. Citizens of smart cities can have a daily life that is much more comfortable and convenient.

2. Traffic planning would provide easy parking along with zero traffic jams. Helping drivers find a parking will help reduce the traffic, as fewer people will keep circling the block to find an empty parking spot resulting in lower carbon dioxide emissions. Of course, you use less fuel too.

3. Streetlights would be automatically adjusted according to the weather conditions. During a rainy day or stormy weather, the visibility increases to reduce accidents.

4. Parking sensors determine how long you have used the parking. You don’t have to worry about the payment.

5. HD cameras added to smart LED street lights can collect data that can be used for predictive analytics.

6. The court system can be eased with smart city technology. Court kiosks can be placed all over the cities. People can use video court monitors at these kiosks instead of driving all the way to the courts.

7. Security is an important component of any city. Police would be handling mobiles packed with TV monitors displaying scenes from different angles, providing a live feed from HD cameras embedded in the city LED street lights.

8. An improved social infrastructure is paramount to smart cities. This means schools, hospitals, recreational areas and communication routes will be sufficient and efficient.

9. Parents of the smart city will connect to schools and talk to teachers through telepresence instead of driving all the way to school.

10. Turning lights up and down as needed in crime-ridden areas.

11. Video sensors will help manage crowd and spot crimes, thus providing enhanced public safety and security. Intensive surveillance and patrolling through networks of camcorders will provide fast response system for emergency calls as well.

12. Sensors would be used to monitor water mains for leaks reducing repair cost.

13. Sensors would be used to monitor air quality for high pollution levels.

14. Adequate collection of solid waste, ease of recycling, management of renewable energy would result in efficient public services. All garbage would be sent underground through a pneumatic process. Smart garbage management would be an asset to the city. Smart trash cans, with the help of wireless sensors, will indicate the garbage collection vans to empty them.

A smart city will be an environment with multiple technologies and agents, using sensors integrated with monitoring systems scattered throughout the city and connected to the mobile devices of the citizens to collect data. The processing, analysis, and final usage of this data will integrate everything with each other. That, after all, is the beauty of Internet of Things.

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