IoT and Mobile Apps for Smart Cities

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IoT and Mobile Apps for Smart Cities

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Smart cities are not ideas of the future. With the advent of IoT and mobile apps, governments, systems, and citizens can connect instantly and drive forward all elements that make a city ‘smart’ and sustainable.

Most of us know what the Internet of Things is. But, beyond the basic use of apps, do we know its importance in the development of our cities?

The reason we make this point is simple. IoT is the transcendence of technology and the internet in connecting with/receiving data. IoT brings into the spotlight new avenues of understanding and how people can benefit from IoT technology.  

But, we aren’t talking about individuals here. We want to shine our spotlight on cities and how IoT can help ‘smarten’ them. Cities are driven by the population, but the major decision-makers are governments. Elected or otherwise, for any institution to smarten a city/region, it would probably need to communicate and understand its people, departments, and what they need. To achieve this, they would have to rely on IoT technology.

Cities, especially in the US, Canada, China, Australia, New Zealand, and Western Europe, are investing time and money in ICT solutions to build these smart cities. Investments include transportation, waste management, energy and utilities, policing, and more.

Smart cities connect systems and departments that make up a city and use technology to create a sustainable environment.

The pillars of smart cities include:

  • Governance

  • Living

  • Economy

  • Environment

  • Transportation

  • People

Technology will control these systems, and this technology is controlled by ‘smart apps.’ A well-developed app can collate and analyze information to give its users a utilitarian understanding of the 'what' and 'how' of a system.

The ‘what’ and ‘how’ are understood by using cloud-based technology. Governments would need to create data centers to understand the data and control technology with smart apps to make policy changes and understand its implications.

Data centers need to be strategically connected to technology that can create these smart systems.

Smart systems include:

  • Smart Grids — Energy and Utility

  • Smart Infrastructure — Infrastructure Development and Sustainability

  • Smart Security — Law and Order/Surveillance

  • Smart Sustainability — Green Energy, Water, and Sewage Management

  • Smart Mobility — Transportation and Traffic Flow

  • Smart Business — Economics and e-Services

Developing a smart city is not a piece of cake. However, it is achievable with intelligent solutions. Solutions like mobile apps can help drive smart cities with ease. To achieve this goal, governments can invest in in-house teams to develop apps or invest in off-the-shelf solutions. However, there are better options out there.

Though there are big names that do most of the work, you can expect the app to take at least a year in development and a year or so for testing and deployment. Viable, alternative, low-code mobile app development platforms can do the same job while reducing costs and time investments. And, as a smart city needs a lot of smart departments, we are talking about hundreds of apps for monitoring and analysis.

Low-code platforms can reduce capital expenditure while increasing return by huge margins. Apps can also help departments track parameters to create a healthy environment for its citizens and create hundreds of jobs in the process.  

To Sum It Up

IoT technology, mobile apps, and governments can connect cities and manage multiple public services and utilities that are highly diverse to work as a unified network. And, with the enhancement of citizen engagement with institutions and adapting to measurable KPIs, mature and strategic solutions can be implemented and maintained efficiently.

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