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This paper highlights significant social barriers in smart cities based on resident comments. Additionally, the paper proposes an indicative set for evaluation; research includes four European cities as case studies.
What is the Internet of Things (IoT)?
Billions of devices are connected to the internet and exchanging data among themselves, gathering and exchanging it between themselves. From home setups such as Amazon Alexa and Philips Hue to military surveillance equipment, IoT technology has become a core part of many products.
IoT devices feature sensors that can measure environmental changes. Once connected to the internet, they are then capable of communicating among themselves as well as with human users via voice-controlled interfaces like Amazon Alexa or smartphone apps.
IoT technology can also be utilized in industrial settings to increase worker safety by detecting potentially harmful conditions and alerting relevant parties, optimizing energy use, automating tasks, predicting maintenance needs and even offering “product-as-a-service” models where customers don’t purchase physical products but instead pay only for usage; IoT can make all this happen through constant connectivity and by analyzing its collected data.
What are the benefits of IoT?
From consumer gadgets like smart speakers or plugs, to industrial applications like factory machinery or streetlights, IoT devices are helping improve our quality of life. Furthermore, these technologies bring efficiency into workplace environments by automating processes, reducing downtime and cutting energy costs; IoT solutions even allow business owners to track equipment and inventory on-the-go!
IoT technology can play a vital role in improving healthcare systems, with wearable devices like fitness trackers encouraging more active lifestyles and monitoring health. Medical staff can use IoT to track supplies such as wheelchairs fitted with sensors to ensure they arrive on time for patients.
IoT technology can make cities more efficient, with smart traffic sensors and lights helping ease congestion in busy areas. Furthermore, retailers can track customer shopping behavior to tailor product recommendations and increase sales.
What are the challenges of IoT?
IoT devices collect and transmit data over networks to be analyzed for business use. The type of information gathered varies by device; examples include temperature, humidity, air pressure, location tracking, light intensity level and sound level measurements.
IoT applications can be found across all industries and consumer devices ranging from industrial machinery to smart speakers, lights, thermostats and cameras. Furthermore, these solutions are also being utilized for controlling city services, vehicles and aircraft/railways.
Scalability, interoperability and protecting data privacy can all present difficulties for IoT usage. Implementation can also be expensive due to special hardware and analytics tools needed for use. Furthermore, data collected by these devices could potentially be misused by hackers for malicious purposes if it’s not protected properly – something of particular concern for US intelligence community who have warned smart homes and national critical infrastructure could become targets.
How can IoT help my city?
Creating a smart home involves installing intelligent devices connected to the internet that use artificial intelligence (AI), learn from user interactions and gradually adapt. Examples include voice-activated devices like Amazon Alexa or lighting controls like Phillips Hue; voice recognition technology such as Amazon’s Siri; autonomous vacuum cleaners or door and window sensors are just some examples.
City-wide IoT technology can be utilized to monitor air quality, traffic flow and environmental conditions – everything from the quality of airborne particles to environmental conditions such as bridge structural changes. Sensors could even be placed under bridges to detect structural shifts and alert city officials of potentially unsafe situations.
Sensors in buildings can gather real-time data that allows building managers to optimize energy usage – an essential part of IoT that reduces costs while increasing overall efficiency and sustainability. City planners may use IoT for public safety purposes such as emergency response, disaster mitigation and management – leading them closer towards more inclusive urban planning processes that result in more livable cities for all.