It’s no more of a secret that the planet Earth is only going towards destruction. And this is mostly because of the city life. According to World Urbanization Prospects – the United Nations, more than half of the world’s population now lives in cities. While only 34% used to prefer city life in the 1960s. Nonetheless, by the mid-century, this figure will reach 66% as per the United Nations study. Like I mentioned above that the dooming condition of Earth is mainly because of these cities. The frequent climate change we behold today is extensively felt in the cities. Weather changes like rising sea levels and increasingly severe conditions are faced by major cities in the world.
However, city life is the biggest consumer of IoT-based (Internet of things) appliances. This is because people living in major cities in the world are vulnerable to this production.
It is because of IoT-based systems, that makes city life modern, appealing and adequate. As compared to places where IoT-based systems are unavailable, city life is safe, efficient and up-to-date.
Smarter Cities- Cities with IoT-based System are Smarter Among All:
Major cities of the world have started accepting and realizing the need Internet of Things. The potential of IoT-based systems has reached the determinations of people of the cities, one such city, Barcelona.
Just at the beginning of 2012, the city started utilizing responsive technologies across urban systems. This included public transit, parking, street lighting, and waste management. Innovations like these proved to be cost-saving for city management. Further, these innovations improved the quality of life for the residents of Barcelona. Nevertheless, more than just achieving the high standard of living for its people, these IoT-based innovations made the city a center for the young IoT industry.
There was a lot of IoT-based urban services enabled in the city that made this city one of the smartest city in the world:
A citywide WiFi and information network linked to sensors was enabled in Barcelona. A software and a data analytics platform provided smart water technology, automated street lighting, remote-controlled irrigation for parks and fountains, digital bus routes. And not only this but “on-demand” waste pickups and smart parking meters came into existence after iOT-based systems were enabled through-out the city and digital transformation become more important than ever.
Apart from making their city smart and bringing quality life to the houses, these innovations came super-handy in reducing traffic jams and pollution. It also helped in saving water, light and energy usage in the city.
After Barcelona, more cities came forward with their investments to put in the Internet of Things.
For instance, Chicago is testing a city-wide network of sensors as well, called the “Array of Things”. This network of sensors will serve as a sort of fitness tracker for the city. It will assist in collecting data on air quality, climate, traffic, and other metrics. The information will be then sent to an open data portal where user groups can consume it for a range of applications.
The widely-famous city; Las Vegas and Songdo, is among those cities that in a race of becoming smarter by enabling IoT-based systems in them. The city is using the Internet of Things based systems to improve traffic flow. Songdo, the smart city in South Korea built the whole city around the Internet of Things. The smart city’s networks are designed to ensure its buildings, transportation system and even its infrastructure are efficient.
How iOT will Make Earth a Better Place To Live?
Why had over to Mars when you can make Earth worth living?
There’s no shame in accepting what you have done wrong. And it’s on the people of 20th-century to accept that the contemporary state of Earth has fallen by their hands.
However, apart from being guilty, it’s up to us to make this worth living, again.
Aforementioned cities are on their way to make at least themselves worth living by enabling the Internet of Thing and after knowing what these systems are doing for the cities, you would feel the urge to enable them as well.
Following are the reasons why researchers believe that iOT-based systems are the need of the hour:
Making air and water cleaner: In 2015, dirty air and water led to 9 million deaths in the world. Major cities of the world like Delhi and Beijing are suffering from an alarming situation of pollution.
The IoT-based networks have proven to be helpful in these cases. Making major cities and countries having clear water and healthier air.
Pollution is without the most dangerous and startling factor in the world today. And we could powerful people behaving powerless when it comes to bringing a solution to the table. However, the Internet of Things is what might prove to beneficial in such circumstances.