A smart city is defined as a specific geographical area that utilises technology-based infrastructure such as ICT (Information and Communication Technology) and electronic sensor to improve day-to-day city operations, problems and concerns. The increasing demand for smart cities has been embodied by a growing concern for economic growth, connective water and sanitation systems, better public safety and urbanisation initiatives.
As digital technology continues to develop and evolve in the years to come, smart city management trends are expected to change as we move towards automation and a need for increased optimised mobility. Research has shown that investment in smart city initiatives is expected to reach $158 billion by 2022.
Smart city trends to look out for
As technological digital sensors become more commonly used in smart city initiatives, the amount of data that can be collected and recorded is increasing significantly.
The use of analytical tools to detect notable patterns in data will become a competitive edge for future smart cities, as historical data insights have the power to predict crime and accident rates, therefore effectively improving overall city safety. Furthermore, real-time data processing will also become a key priority for smart cities, with analytics being produced with a negligible time delay.
2) Machine Learning
Although data analytics is an extremely powerful tool for predictive analysis, such large amounts of data are often extremely difficult to navigate and store. Convenience and speed are always key objective goals for smart cities. Thus, the use of machine learning to compute and analyze raw data and utilize online cloud storage is expected to notably increase in the future. This will also increase smart cities’ speed of decision making, as machine learning technology can compute raw data much faster than traditional analysis tools.
3) 5G Technology
Forecasts predict that there will be over 1.9 billion 5G subscriptions by the year 2024. The constantly improving reliability of 5G networks means an unprecedented transformational period for smart cities globally. This means that smart cities can improve the quality of data that can be collected and the efficiency at which it can be recorded and stored.
With the power of 5G, smart cities will be able to connect and integrate public safety surveillance cameras, Wi-Fi hotspots and antennas using a single instrument. With the adoption of 5G, smart cities will be able to connect a substantial amount of devices and thus improve their communication channels.
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