Smart Cities are quickly developing around the globe with already many well known references in Europe, Asia, North & South America. Everywhere, urban centres are transforming digitally in order to address many use case applications that impact its citizens quality of life, health, the environment, air quality, improving services, managing resources and much more. In 2016 spending on smart technology was $80 billion and that figure is estimated to reach $135 billion by 2021*1. The trend in urbanization is that cities are becoming smarter and more attractive communities for people to live, work and play in.
Reports predict that by 2050 more than 60% of the world's population will live in cities*2. As a direct consequence, higher demand will be placed on cities to manage resources and provide more sustainable and efficient services in order to maintain a quality of life that citizens will expect. Internet of Things (IoT) will assist cities to implement use case applications that manage water and energy supply, air quality, mobility management as well as city services like street lighting, waste management, public safety and security.
Creating a smart city is not a uniquely public-driven undertaking. Collaboration between private enterprise and federal, state and local government authorities are becoming more common. This combination of commercial and public stakeholders is an intelligent way for cities to transform themselves with innovative technology.
How do we define a Smart City?
Smart City is used as a “catch-all” for many diverse topics. But most will agree that the objective of a smart city is quite common: enhance performance, optimize resources, reduce waste, consumption and costs, and most importantly improve the quality of life of its citizens.
LoRaWAN® is the solution for many of the challenges that Smart Cities face and is particularly suited for smart city applications that would benefit:
- low data communication
- battery-operated wireless devices
- long battery life up to 10 years
- communicating across distances ranging up to 15kms
- communication penetration into basement and sub-ground floors
- low operation and maintenance costs
- secure bi-directional communication
- localisation capability and
Smart city stakeholders and service providers can connect numerous battery-powered “things” on a single, dedicated LoRaWAN network, facilitating data collection from energy meters, street lighting, parking sensors, condition monitoring equipment, air quality stations, waste & recycling containers, storm drains, asset monitoring and much more.
The LoRaWAN data can be incorporated into existing city systems which send notifications, create reports, activate processes, alert people or trigger other automated actions.
LoRaWAN adds a dedicated purpose-built network for the Internet of Things applications, freeing up other city communication infrastructure to be more cost-effectively utilized, more efficiently employed and to realize greater returns on investment (ROI)
LoRaWAN sensors monitor noise, air and water pollution and keep citizens informed of air quality, conditions and pollutants. Parks and gardens can be irrigated optimally by monitoring soil moisture thereby reducing waste and unscheduled maintenance and upkeep.
Parking spaces are monitored and managed more efficiently, generating incremental revenue as well as aiding parking providers to adapt pricing to real-world patterns. The city can monitor “no parking” spots to ensure fire, police and ambulance services are always guaranteed access.
LoRaWAN trackers provide information on asset location, sensors detect open doors, windows or movement, people and processes notified when condition thresholds are exceeded and devices send alerts when smoke and fire is detected.
Cities are able to manage their energy footprint more effectively, detect outages, broken lights or supply outages. Intelligently managing lighting, Cities are able to promote security in urban areas as well as improve safety for pedestrians, riders and road users.
Understanding the status of bins enables city service providers to react to real-time fill levels, avoids containers spilling over and littering, allows for more efficient refuse collection and reduces unnecessary pick-ups of half-empty bins thereby saving fuel and reducing pollution. Cities gain visibility of patterns and trends and can better cater to citizens needs.