The Internet of Things (IoT) – the concept that all devices that can be connected will be connected – is starting to take root in cities in various parts of the globe. IoT is being used to better manage energy, water, transportation and safety – but what exactly does this look like in first-adopter cities?
One result is that better resource management is being combined with more beneficial planning. Christopher Steele, Black & Veatch’s Head of Development for Smart Integrated Infrastructure, Water Europe, said, “There’s the physical infrastructure outfitted with smart sensors to produce data, and then the integration and analysis of that data to enable smarter performance. Our solutions take that data and show cities how different elements of city life can be used in new ways to deliver more than just one function.”
Moving from Pilot Projects to Full Integration
Smart city plans and projects are being implemented now on every continent, but the journey to a fully integrated, smart, sustainable city will take time since funds, expertise and supportive policies tend to be scarce. In the 2016 Black & Veatch Strategic Directions: Smart City/Smart Utility report, the largest group of respondents thought the integrated smart city model would become widespread in the next six to 10 years.
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