The concept of a “smart city” has had its share of critics. From initially being referred to as “dumb” or “ineffective”, that’s definitely not the case today. I recently sat down with NYREJ to talk about why now is the age of the smart city and what is driving the demand and sense of urgency.
Smart city technology is a part of our everyday lives and isn’t limited to just big metropolitan areas. It now has deep roots in smaller local communities across the U.S., changing the shape and outcomes of city infrastructure and functionality.
From environment sensors and sustainable LED lighting to help cities conserve natural resources to real-time face-to-face communications with first responders, the possibilities are endless to connect these communities to their citizens and make faster, more informed decisions than ever before.
Smart cities make up a densely layered ecosystem of technologies and providers. IoT technology and 5G wireless networks will be the essential component to drive smart city applications and systems. Increasing deployments of both macrocell and small cell technologies will be critical to make smart city connectivity seamless and effective in urban environments.