Smart city solutions can make life more convenient. For example in San Francisco, IoT smart parking navigation helps drivers on the hunt quickly find empty parking spaces.

In Santander, Spain, 10,000 sensors embedded in street lamps, building walls, and under parking lots collect data on the city’s traffic, weather, and people making that data available to citizens via a smartphone application that delivers real-time transit information, cultural event schedules, tourist information, and retail offers.

A more interconnected city can also be a safer and more sustainable place to live. For example following a series of devastating floods and mudslides in 2010, Rio de Janeiro teamed up with IBM to integrate information from 30 city agencies into a central command center, mapping areas that were at high risk of flood-related landslides and developing an early warning and evacuation system for the low-income residents of the city’s favelas.

And “Copenhagen Connecting” uses wireless data from cell phones, GPS systems in buses, and sensors in sewers and garbage cans to help reduce congestion, air pollution, and CO2 emissions.

All of this is possible only because digital infrastructures exist that can physically link dispersed machines and sensors, so they can exchange information in real time.


Read the full article on the Data Economy website here.