The Internet of Things - The Future of a Connected City

Posted 7 months ago · 3 minutes to read

May 22, 2019

It comes as no surprise that cities around the world are getting smarter every day, and this is made possible through the Internet of Things (IoT). We see it across the world in the form of smart road signs, transportation management systems, and parking space schemes and more.

Today, New Zealand is slowly but surely adapting to the IoT ecosystem. The country is equipped with world-class internet connectivity that can cater to the utilization of IoT. Today, we discover why the Internet of Things is more than just a buzzword - it’s the technology that cities need to embrace to become more efficient, progressive, and dependable.

The internet of things - What exactly is it?

The Internet of Things is the extension of Internet connectivity into physical devices and everyday objects. These objects, such as lights and meters, are embedded with sensors and internet connectivity, so they’re able to collect and analyze data, as well as communicate and interact with other devices connected to the internet. This also means they can be remotely controlled and monitored.

IoT is the key for cities to move forward and improve the lives of their residents. How? Cities can use low-cost sensors and other WiFi-enabled smart devices as a platform to communicate with people and achieve greater efficiency. IoT devices provide real-time data about community needs, and city managers can then use this information to create effective and transformational solutions to make crowded cities more manageable.

There are many specific applications that the IoT helps with. These include transportation, traffic lights, road signs, traffic flow, infrastructure, waste management, energy usage and distribution, and pedestrian needs.

Digital Signage and IOT in Transportation

A concrete example is London’s smart parking project. The project allows drivers to quickly locate parking spaces without the need for manually searching. In theory, it significantly alleviates urban traffic congestion. Through the IoT, the smart parking project has been able to lessen consumers’ fuel consumption and protect the environment by reducing harmful emissions.

In Los Angeles, a similar centralized system was created to alleviate the major traffic problems of the city. Data from an array of magnetic road sensors and multiple cameras feed through a centralized computer system, to control 4,500 traffic signals citywide. Since then, travel speeds have increased by 16 per cent, shortening delays by 12 per cent.

The growing demand for digital display solutions also opens up an opportunity for IoT. With IoT, real-time data is easily accessible and gives city managers great control. More than just being able to display visual messages, digital screens powered by IoT can dynamically change the content based on real-time information. Digital signage today can improve city management via accurate schedule predictions, GPS tracking, and on-the-fly operational changes.

The IoT can also improve transit experiences for commuters with geo-specific content and marketing. Public transport can now be driven by data, and deliver information on journeys, points-of-interest, travel connection, and real-time GPS driven maps.

Employing IoT makes cities more connected, more efficient, and more reliable. It’s also effective in future-proofing cities, especially as the population continues to grow, and information becomes more valuable than ever.

Future-Proofing Your City

Cities and their residents can gain so many benefits from the Internet of Things. The technology allows for more efficient and seamless transport management systems, and so much more. Data should be considered a strategic asset, and managing security and privacy of IoT data must be prioritized at all costs. Through the responsible use of this new technology, people’s lives, businesses, and productivity can vastly improve.

Radiola is a leading provider of smart signs and intelligent transport management systems in NZ. We can help you deliver transit information crucial to your transport systems. Let us help you enhance and improve your transport and signage capabilities and achieve a smarter city.