Densely populated cities face a host of difficult challenges as their population continues to grow. As more people migrate to urban locations, resources, space, medical coverage, and even air quality becomes more limited.
Fortunately, there are modern solutions that government organizations can use to overcome these growing obstacles. The idea of "smart cities" is a new and exciting option that may prove to be just what these cities need to continue to thrive.
Smart buildings based on the latest connected technologies are at the heart of the concept. The ultimate goal is to improve the quality of life while reducing the demand for resources.
Smart City technologies can be used to improve many different aspects of urban life. Actual results will depend on the specific applications used in smart buildings and the ultimate goal of the planner. There are millions of buildings around the world that can benefit from these improvements.
How can buildings take advantage of smart cities?
Currently, some buildings have already taken a step towards the future relying on revolutionary concepts such as the Internet of Things (IoT). The idea is to connect systems and functions that are not traditionally connected. By allowing some form of data communication between independent systems and then using that data to automate processes, a building owner could greatly reduce energy waste.
The most obvious examples of this functionality are lighting and temperature control and air quality. Smart buildings with internal IoT-connected systems could automate lighting and temperature control based on data provided by sensors. Without a strong reliance on human intervention, the system would experience much greater efficiency and waste much less energy.
Many cities hesitate to commit to progress because of the cost. However, cities are finding that efficiency-enhanced savings are valuable assets that can be used in many different ways. Ultimately, smart cities increase efficiency, improve quality of life and increase long-term public funding.
We will most likely see many more cities take the plunge shortly and embrace progress. One of the few ways we can ensure it has a positive impact is to make our cities smarter. We can realize that dream step by step with one smart building after another.