A smart city utilizes the IoT to make the best use of public resources, offering high quality, cost-effective and on-time services to residents, and integrating state-of-the-art green technologies that use renewable energy sources as much as possible, thereby leading the way towards CO2 neutrality.
Smart city applications can improve a diverse range of public services including public transport, such as real-time timetables for buses or trains accessible through a smartphone as well as traffic management such as available parking spaces, payment, traffic congestion, road tolls, programmable road signs, traffic lights and enforcement cameras. No less important are environment and public safety matters such as street lighting, waste collection, and environmental alarms. Electronic billboards and advertising can also be wirelessly controlled to adjust messages based on traffic volume.
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Imagine a city where you don’t fret over finding a parking spot because you are directed to one, nor worry about getting a parking ticket because you’ll have already paid for any extra time needed via your smart phone. Or envision public street lights that are turned off in the absence of traffic to save energy and taxpayer costs, but turned on to increase safety. Cities can use the IoT for waste management as well. Garbage trucks could collect garbage based on sensors that detect odor or that detect full containers to reduce unnecessary trips.
The value to residents is everywhere in the smart city; the speed of deployment of these applications is only limited by the municipal and government budgets and the creative ways found to finance these applications. As cities mobilize to become smarter, GainSpan is right there with the wireless technology to empower IoT devices.