The Internet of Things (IoT) is turning ordinary cities into connected smart cities. Faced with challenges like ageing infrastructure, traffic congestion and the need to balance the demand for resources, city planners are incorporating sophistracted smart city technology to create efficient and environmentally friendly cities.
Smart city solutions can be used to provide real-time updates of issues in the city that need attention, while also collecting data to optimise city operators. A smart city can be utilised to improve public experiences, enhance safety and increase sustainability.
Deployed by governments and businesses globally, Robustel Smart City IoT solutions are flexible to suit your needs.
One benefit of smart city infrastructure is increased security for citizens going about their daily lives. Sensors for smart cities are being used in a wide range of ways, but one main example is through elevator monitoring.By deploying sensors to collect diagnostic data, manufacturers can monitor the performance of elevators across a wide city. This leads to:
Improved safety for customers.
Reduced costs with the ability to monitor equipment and perform preventative maintenance.
Reduced response times to an incident, such as a fault or outage.
One of the most popular IoT smart city applications is in city-wide video surveillance and facial recognition software. Most cities already leverage video surveillance systems, however many rely on ageing technology, such as video surveillance cameras that are used in on-premises systems, rather than being connected to the cloud.
Innovative city-wide surveillance systems that leverage IoT technologies can help operators respond quickly, and in some cases, even prevent a serious incident from occurring. Data can be gathered from multiple sources in real-time, so emergency services can be alerted to incidences as soon as they occur.
These systems aren't all about smart city security. They can also be used to better manage and plan the flow of traffic, crowds at large events and even signals and crossings. For example, if a queue is steadily forming at one entry point, operators are able to monitor through a connected surveillance system and act immediately to open up other entry points, streamlining the flow of people.
Smart IoT Lighting Control
Besides security, another important consideration in designing a smart IoT city is energy consumption. City planners are now relying on connected lighting systems to better manage and optimise their energy usage. Some examples of smart lighting solutions include:
Dimming lights when there is no movement or traffic.
Monitor usage and provide lighting as needed.
Adjust lighting to account for environmental conditions, such as rain and fog.
Instantly turn on or dim lights to assist in emergency situations.
Increase lighting in high-crime areas.
Detecting and addressing outages quickly and efficiently.
There are a range of ways to deploy lighting solutions for your city. Robustel’s Robust VPN will help you stay connected to your smart lighting system, no matter where you are.
One of the main IoT applications in smart city networks are connected buildings. Buildings are under increased pressure to be secure, comfortable and productive as smart city technologies continue to evolve. IoT solutions and building automation control systems are being deployed to create a connected network of buildings that ‘talk’ to each other.
Connect your smart city devices to one network and have control over all your buildings from one centralised location. Building managers can leverage integrated solutions and update access lists, site permissions and remotely manage their building.
This is becoming more important as buildings blend together - for example residential and commercial spaces that share the same building. Using a centralised access panel, a building manager can effectively ensure that access is only granted for specific floors.
Robustel’s smart city solutions are easy to implement with out-of-the-box solutions ready for deployment. Our products are easily scalable and support a number of applications, connected devices and users. Or, if you have a specific need, speak to one of our experts about customisable options for your deployment.