How Can IoT Change the World?

How is the world changing and, how IoT can play an integral role in this changing world? That’s the question which pops up in every mind when seeing all those stats and IoT news. According to SAP; In 2016, the world population surpassed 7.3 billion, meaning the number of people on Earth has doubled in the past 45 years. Furthermore, there’s no end insight to this rapid growth. In fact, it has been calculated that the population is increasing by more than 140 people every minute.

Again, How IoT Can Play a Role in This Situation?

Due to the lack of resources, population from rural will move to urban area. Usually a result of job hunting and searching for a better quality of life. By having IoT devices to collect and analyze data from sensors, lights, and meters, it will help planners make decisions about improving infrastructure, services and utilities.

Traffic:

More people in the city means more traffic on the roads which is increasing on daily basis. Reducing the number of cars on the road will be hard because people want convenience. One of the main causes of congestion is parking, it’s usually inefficient, time-consuming, and frustrating.

Smart parking projects use sensors and devices throughout cities to help drivers quickly locate parking spaces and remove the need for lengthy searches for an open spot.

Smart Waste Management:

The idea of smart waste management is to use connected sensors in the city, as well as making rubbish containers connected, which will inform on waste levels, meaning the bins/containers are only connected when necessary. The collection vehicles will be fuel saving, take smart routes detected by sensors and be sustainably complacent. If all done correctly, waste collection costs will reduce by 80% over the next decade.

IoT wonder list goes on. Now, it depends on the city administration that how they will tackle this population shift smartly and intelligently. To listen to some of the Canadian municipal leaders at this important aspect of intelligent cities join us at 2nd Annual Intelligent Cities Summit on Oct 24 – 25, 2017.

Image sources: ReadITQuik, tekniikkatalous.fi 

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