The largest cities in the world – Seoul, Paris, and Chicago, are quickly moving to adopt the connectivity of the Internet of Things. They are finding new ways to connect with the community to add value and depth and to call themselves Smart Cities. The other model for smart cities is to build them from scratch. Song do in Korea, is considered one of the most outstanding international examples. It has 80,000 apartments and substantial commercial and retail spaces.
A sense of community we want:
- Belong and have facilities to meet our lifestyle needs.
- Facilities to respond to sporting activities, social needs, interest groups, and cultural activities.
- Childcare and school enrichment or special needs online programs so that the community can volunteer to support children.
- Interact with the local council to support improved local initiatives and services.
- Health and well-being
We’re fascinated by gadgets that have been working on a larger scale for decades (think of spy movies), but it’s only been a few years since we’ve seen the true potential of IoT. The concept evolved as wireless Internet became more popular, embedded sensors became more sophisticated, and people began to understand that technology could be a personal as well as a professional tool.
The term “Internet of Things” was coined in the late 1990s by entrepreneur Kevin Aston. Aston, one of the founders of MIT’s Automatic Identification Center, was part of a team discovered how to get objects to the Internet via an RFID tag. He said he used the term “Internet of Things” for the first time in a presentation he made in 1999 — and that term has not changed since.
Why are Smart Cities Important?
You may be known to learn how many things connected to the Internet and how much economic benefit we can derive from the analysis of the resulting data streams. Here are some examples of the impact of IoT on industries:
• Intelligent transport solutions accelerate traffic flows, reduce fuel consumption, schedules vehicle repair and maintenance, and save lives.
• Smart grids connect renewable resources more efficiently, improve system reliability, and charge customers for smaller increases in usage.
• Machine monitoring sensors can diagnose — and predict — pending maintenance issues, short-term parts shortages, and even prioritize maintenance teams’ schedules for repair equipment.
• Data-based systems are integrated into the “smart cities” infrastructure, enabling municipalities to more effectively manage waste management, enforcement, and other programs.
But also consider IoT on a more personal level. Connected devices range from commerce and industry to the mass market. Consider these possibilities:
• You have little milk. On your way to work from home, you receive an alert from your refrigerator asking you to stop at the store.
• Your security system, which already allows you to control your locks and thermostats remotely, can cool your home and open windows to your preferences.
Who is using it?
IoT is more than just a benefit to consumers. It provides new data sources and business models that can increase productivity in a variety of industries.
People have already adopted wearable devices to monitor their exercise, sleep, and health habits — and these items scratch the surface of the IoT impact on health care. Patient monitoring devices, electronic records, and other smart accessories can help save lives.
It is one of the industries that benefit most from IoT. Data collection sensors built into factory machines or warehouse shelves can communicate problems or track resources in real-time, making work more efficient and lower costs.
Consumers and stores can benefit from IoT. Stores, for example, can use IoT for inventory tracking or security purposes. Consumers can end up with personalized shopping experiences with data collected by sensors or cameras.
It will have an impact on the telecommunications sector as it will be responsible for retaining all data used by the IoT. Smartphones’ and other personal devices must be able to maintain a reliable Internet connection for the IoT to work effectively.
Although driverless cars are about to evolve, personal vehicles are undoubtedly more technologically advanced than ever before. IoT also has an impact on traffic on a larger scale: transport companies can track their fleet using GPS solutions and roads can be monitored via sensors to keep them as safe as possible.
Smart meters not only collect data automatically, but they also enable an analysis to track and manage energy consumption. Similarly, sensors installed in equipment such as wind turbines can track data and use predictive modeling to program downtime for more efficient use of energy.
We are concerned about air quality, genetically modified foods, and sensory appeal based on fast food dominate stores rather than sustainable food choices for longevity and maximum vitality. We need exercise and meditation to balance our activity. We need to share our biometrics and have access to crucial lifestyle, diet, and happiness initiatives.
Many of the big smart cities encourage entrepreneurship. In the past, information processing was managed; the Internet of Things brought us closer by sharing information.
Why we need everything to be connected?
Our world is in a state of connection and ever more significant innovation. How would you like your shoes to monitor your workout or how will you feel receiving messages from your dryer or refrigerator connected to the Internet? You’ll be able to do that because of the networking capabilities of available broadband Internet connections and the increasing speeds of mobile phone technology. Sensor technology will connect devices that you did not even think about.
There are also Internet ideas of things that are tested and used, such as a QR codes that can be pasted in a storefront and you could then touch your phone and be instantly brought to the store’s website. Already, there are special data matrix codes designed only for scanning smart phones.
The world is developing in the field of technology, and we can only wonder what the capacity of the Internet of Things will do for us. Broadband Internet connections are a necessity in this electronic age. Home networks will probably use for something other than connecting your laptop shortly. You may be comparing your dryer, coffee maker, television, or refrigerator. It will be interesting to see what innovations this technology brings.