Cities are getting smarter, like anything else in everyday life. They are being converted into self-aware entities from collections of buildings, roads and utilities that manage themselves for the benefit of their human inhabitants. Security is one fundamental requirement for all inhabitants and further, technology offers the information they need, to public safety services and authorities wherever needed, which is indeed important for a safe city.
Keeping an eye on stuffs!
From CCTV, people’s cell phones, wind speed and temperature metres, emissions detectors, traffic radar speed detectors, GPS data for public transit and public safety vehicles and plenty more, a smart city survives on data. And satellite imagery can be used in giant urban cities to spot changes or variations.
This data helps a community plan and develop its infrastructures and services, from road systems and parking, to hospital efficiency, power supply and zoning for business and retail properties, in combination with big data processing techniques.
Is your town a better place to live than it was a couple of years ago? Is air pollution decreased with even less congestion than it was? You can find it easier to get around town and have better transportation and local weather information.
The arteries clearing
Having to live in a smart city, where traffic lights and variable speed limits are regulated to minimise congestion and reduce noise from cars sitting with engines running, you can find that traffic flows more smoothly. The closest car park can be shown by signage and how many spaces it has as well. Detectors will even ensure priority is given to cyclists over cars, so they can safely get away from junctions. All this demands reliable communication technology, both available from Airbus, to relay the knowledge and technology to translate it correctly.
Electric cars will have more charging stations where they require them and in city centres, they would be given preference. Examples involve Paris, where a fleet of 3,000 electric vehicles has been developed. Cars are monitored via GPS, and from the dashboard you can book parking spaces. There will be links between trams, trains and buses and drivers will be instructed to change their speed to arrive at the desired time to take passengers. You will get to your destination more quickly and easily in a smart city than ever now.
Power to survive
Electricity, water and gas are the city’s lifeline and it is a huge concern to use them well and efficiently. Inputs from clients and suppliers can be taken from smart grids; the time of day, weather forecasts and significant incidents can also be used to determine when and where demand will arise. To ensure that energy is both generated and used in the most productive and cost-effective manner, they help manage demand and supply. Smart grids require stable connectivity and safe cyber-attack-protected links, solutions that Airbus can offer.
But first, safety!
Keeping its residents safe is every city’s first priority. Smart cities here are ahead of the game. A capable, reliable communications network based on emerging technology such as TETRA or Tetrapol is the foundation. To create a hybrid network, these protected networks can be complemented with broadband. With police, paramedics, firefighters and hospitals all connecting to the network and exchanging voice channels and information, lives would be saved establishing more effective use of resource.
In all this, the common thread is connectivity. To achieve situational intelligence, a city needs to connect over a stable network and incorporate multiple sources of information if it wishes to grow to become a smart city-one in which you would be happy to live.
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