Going digital is the next step to cope with the impacts left by the pandemic. Some cities already integrated emerging technologies, such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence. These cities, like Singapore, have evolved into what is known as smart cities today.
Smart City is a framework that consists of technology that allows a network of devices to be connected within a city. In other words, cloud-based IoT applications are permitted to send and receive data in real-time to different establishments, including municipalities, enterprises, and even citizens.
Transitioning into a smart city is not far from the future. It is already happening, and here is where to begin.
Gather public opinion and build trust
A city or community not only consists of a governing body and businesses, but it also includes citizens who are living in it. For cities who want to integrate technology, put in mind the interests of the constituents. It is common for some people to think that taking data from them is a breach of privacy; hence, building trust is an important step to get their consent. Also, make sure to properly explain the benefits of the smart city plan and how it will improve their city life.
Start looking for data and equipment
Before setting the plan of transitioning into a smart city, the first step is to gather necessary data to back up the plan. And to do this is by installing IoT sensors and monitoring tools to get data from different parts of the city. These captured data will provide the necessary overview of how the city works and which areas that need improvement.
However, do not forget to improve connectivity within the city. The transfer of big data from one place to another takes time, so better make sure also to choose equipment that will bring fast and stable mobile and Wi-Fi connection.
It is a challenge but worth it in the end
Becoming a smart city does have its share of problems and challenges. However, the benefits it brings will surely enhance city living. Among the solutions that a smart city can offer to communities are improvements in the public transit system. With the integration of technology and big data, public transport is connected, allowing people to have real-time data on traffic, transportation time tables, and more. The bottom line is that the seamless real-time exchange of data helps people save time and spend it on other things that matter.