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Why IoT in smart cities is the superhero urban complexity needs

July 06, 2022

Why IoT in smart cities is the superhero urban complexity needs
The superhero swoops down from the cloud to tell the car on lap 9 of the multilevel parking garage where an available spot is located. She flies over to an adjacent building wasting energy on empty rooms and uses her telepathy to switch off the lights. She scans the crowd outside the building and recognizes the face of a lost elderly person from a local police alert, whom she safely escorts back home. Before flying away, she smells the air and yells to alert the citizens, “I recommend you shut your windows until the level of pollutants in this area goes down, if you’re sensitive!” A smart digital sign detects her flying past and personalizes its ad content to target her demographic (woman, superhero, 30s).
 
Such a superhero might not be real, but her powers are very real (OK, minus flight): it’s called IoT, and it uses wireless sensors, AI, automation, analytics and more to modernize cities into the next great digital destinations.
 
With the projected growth of urban centers comes the added complexity of managing the flow of people, vehicle traffic, network bandwidth, building energy consumption and more. For IoT, these challenges are booming business opportunities. The global IoT in smart cities market size is estimated to more than double from $130.6 billion in 2021 to $312.2 billion by 2026, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19% during the forecast period.
 
Examples of how IoT is simplifying urban complexity
 
Today, drivers often waste time circling parking garage levels to find open spots and delay other cars in the process. With IoT, digital signage linked to smart parking spaces can guide people to availability that sensors detect in real time, which keeps traffic moving more efficiently. No more playing parking space peekaboo.

Today, city lighting wastes energy on unmonitored and rigid routines. With IoT, smart lighting can be linked to bus schedules and city events or operate based on how much natural light it senses outside. The data can be gathered to generate an energy-saving smart lighting schedule.
 
Today, public safety requires hiring costly security guards. With IoT, smart cameras can use video analytics to read crowd behavior, identify faces and spot criminal activity. The addition of audio analytics can detect noises like gunshots or breaking glass to identify the location and assist law enforcement.
 
Today, citizens might suffer asthma attacks because they were unaware of the level of pollutants outside until after a reaction occurs. With IoT, smart air quality monitors can provide real-time warnings to residents, reducing ER visits and improving pulmonary health.
 
Today, a tourist or commuter might get trapped in traffic when a better route was available because they didn’t know any better. With IoT, smart digital signage can communicate live data like traffic or weather conditions in real time, along with serving targeted ads determined by AI, which generates more revenue.
 
Who wouldn’t want to live in a place with such superpowers?
 
Top 3 benefits of IoT in smart cities:
 
  • Improves quality of life for citizens: better digital communication, reduced traffic, easier parking and healthier, safer environments are just a few of the ways smart cities can enhance the everyday experience for citizens and tourists
  • Cuts costs for the city: connected sensors can automate operations, analyze data and schedule predictive maintenance routines with less staff oversight needed
  • Conserves energy for the environment: smart lighting and smart energy metering can connect, monitor and automate energy usage and distribution more efficiently
 Why choose Ingram Micro and IoT?
 
We help businesses discover what’s possible. Ingram Micro offers partners an advanced portfolio of resources, training and workshops to simplify the complexities of bringing IoT solutions in smart cities to market. Chat with our team of solution specialists today to learn more about how you can deliver digital transformation to your customers.