Applications of the Internet of Things in the Smart City topAs examples of these connected devices, the Trends in Smart City Development report cites no fewer than 17 systems, some of which are already common in some cities and the others which soon will be.

  • The detection of road congestion via onboard sensors in vehicles provides information about traffic bottlenecks.
  • Monitoring of water supplies and wastewater systems via sensors able to detect leaks in these networks.
  • Parking guidance via apps provides information about parking availability from sensors.
  • The inspection of bridges through various sensors informs teams of civil engineers of any issues.
  • Self-driving cars are autonomous thanks to sensors.
  • Detection of how full dustbins are used to maximize the efficiency of rubbish collection rounds.
  • The management of public lighting is used to turn street lights on and off depending on weather or traffic conditions.
  • Fire detection in buildings or outside areas using sensors directly connected to the emergency services.
  • Energy management and risks related to energy production (via radiation sensors, for example).
  • The management of solar panels and their energy input into the distribution grid.
  • Smart urban logistics to provide information about the movement of freight delivery vehicles and inventory.
  • Smart vehicle fleets inform their managers about the condition of the vehicles or their need for services.
  • Drones assigned to security or rescue missions.
  • Surveillance cameras are assigned to checking areas with no human surveillance.
  • Body cameras guarantee the security of both the police and the public.
  • Smartphone and wearable device detection to build them into an active internet communication ecosystem.
  • The deployment of broadband as the reliable medium used as the glue to hold the Internet of Things together.

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