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Astonishing Reality Of Smart Cities

Smart Cities initiatives currently focus on enhancing public agencies. We see a shift into new and innovative services provided directly to the public once the basic infrastructure is in place.

Smart Cities initiatives will start to bring together many diverse companies and technologies, many that would not historically fit, with solution longevity as a cornerstone strategy.

The evolution toward Smart Cities will see increased emphasis on sensor technology, data collection and real-world analytics to enable state-of-the-art mobility and safer streets.

Cities will increase their focus on the analysis of social media and other crowdsourced data as a means for identifying where public services are most needed.

There are always plenty of vitamins in Smart Cities initiatives, but right now we’re getting medicine: smart, connected monitoring systems for water, power, sewer, and traffic.

Electric Vehicles use a lot of power and need dedicated charging stations in cities. Many building owners will look to Smart EV chargers that efficiently charge vehicles without energy waste to solve this issue as EVs become more prominent.

City leaders will find ways to collaborate closer with other cities to establish an open city enablement layer, supporting service portability between cities and drive economy of data models.

With Government driving the Smart Cities initiative, adoption for smart street lights and smart water tube-wells has picked-up rapidly and will reflect in coming months.

Driverless cars will be operating in technology precincts in Australia within 12 months. Taxi and Uber drivers out of work by 2020.

The real power in the Smart Cities technology experience is the application layer that will ultimately support any and all divisions of the local government agency.

Smart Cities do not need to be expensive or futuristic cities. Technology is available that can bring impactful and pragmatic solutions to municipal transportation systems.

If we analyze patterns and interactions between people and systems – such as transport and waste management – we can develop cities that are still robust while also being highly efficient and sustainable – but in new terms.

Expect to see growing interest and adoption of convenient data & communication hubs and kiosks providing Gigabit Wi-Fi, video and voice access for citizens.

I believe Smart Cities are the future, just not sure if it’s what it should be. Security is going to be a major concern, government surveillance as well as sole hackers.

A Snowden-like public privacy pushback as tech insiders disclose how info from everything from smart home gadgets to talking Barbie dolls to fitness monitors can be used against you.

Cities will increasingly leverage the expertise of citizens. Tech is facilitating consultations with individuals who have the knowledge and experience to advise on key decisions regularly and at low cost.

Offsite construction and digitization of building process through Building Information modelling. Use of big data analysis to make smarter decisions in saving energy.

30% of traffic congestion is caused by drivers looking for elusive parking spaces. Innovation is underway to streamline the process with mobile apps to find and pay for parking.

The Smart Cities initiatives will provide key infrastructure, technology and data components that can be used for case studies about citywide expansion, highlighting each participating city as an innovation hub.

Future initiatives should focus on the integration of disparate IoT devices and platforms in today’s cities to make actionable prescriptive recommendations on the massive variety of data currently being collected.