Intelligent Platforms in Cities
Cities are becoming more connected, which is requiring construction companies to implement technology while building infrastructure in order to capture project data.
With the help of realtime data, smart cities can maximize resources and optimize operations such as traffic and parking, street lighting, and first response services. By capturing data from end points throughout an entire city and all of its systems, and then translating that data into actionable information, a city can be truly “smart.”
In order to reach this goal, a new report from Beecham Research, www.beechamresearch.com, a technology market research, analysis, and consulting firm, suggests smart cities require intelligent platforms that focus more on the big picture and less on individual applications that solve specific problems. Beecham defines a smart city platform as a framework for sensing, communication, integration, and intelligent decisionmaking that delivers up-to-the-minute information and services.
Beecham predicts smart city projects focused narrowly on solving problems such as parking or pollution will be replaced by a more “holistic” approach that takes a city on as a “system of systems” based around the IoT (Internet of Things). By shifting from a more vertical application-centric approach to a horizontal IoT-based environment, smart cities will benefit from a more unified and powerful smart city platform that can support a wide range of value-added services.
While there is much work to be done before cities can reach this level of intelligence, there’s nowhere to start but at the beginning. By adopting IoT-enabled systems that cut costs and make processes more efficient, cities can improve quality of life for thousands of people living within their reach.
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