Technology has evolved a lot and now, we cannot imagine our lives without the Internet. Tech geeks have put a lot of effort into developing new ways of connecting different devices. Their work gives us the possibility to control several gadgets and equipment from our house by performing one or two operations. Isn’t this amazing?
All this progress led to the development of the so-called Smart Cities. As you can imagine, the notion defines ”intelligent towns” which are powered and controlled mostly by modern technologies. According to the concept developers, all cities in the world should become ”smart” for improving their inhabitants’ living conditions, manage resources in a more efficient way and create a sustainable environment.
Internet of Things (IoT) can improve the quality of life in the city
- It eases traffic congestions
If crowded cities had intelligent traffic systems powered by IoT, people would gain over 60 hours/year. Now, they spend all this time stuck in traffic or looking for parking places;
- Better air quality
Modern technologies can help authorities analyze the air quality and take immediate actions when it can have a negative impact on the inhabitants’ health. The devices used for this might seem expensive, but the investment is totally worth it. They can discover and control many damaging factors, among which carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide.
- IoT can contribute to optimizing traffic flow;
- It makes the access to Government services a lot easier;
- It improves the quality of life for elderly people;
- It improves the quality of healthcare services.
IoT provides local authorities all the help they can get for improving their administration. Things are constantly improving in this area, but there are a lot of experts who could explain the IoT benefits. Further research will contribute to turning more and more towns into ”smart cities”.
Nicole Hicks a graduate of UFT. She’s based in Toronto but travels much of the year. Nicole has written for NPR, Motherboard, MSN Money, and the Huffington Post. Nicole is a financial reporter, focusing on technology, national security, and policing.