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Building Smarter Cities

Puneet Gupta, Vice-President of IBM India and South Asia, points out a number of new solutions that capitalize on instrumented, interconnected and intelligent capabilities, solutions and devices that can be applied to any city:

Utility meters and sensors that monitor the capacity of the power generation network can be used to continually gather data on supply and demand of electricity. The pervasiveness and low cost of existing devices and sensors, like gas, electricity and water meters, offer the ability to measure, sense and understand the exact condition of virtually anything. New sensors and devices such as RFID tags can offer further data gathering possibilities.

With the Internets of Things, soon the world will be populated by more than a trillion connected and intelligent things, such as cars, appliances, cameras, roadways and pipelines, collectively creating an ‘˜Internet of things’ . These interconnections enable communication and coordination among objects, people and systems across the city framework, opening up new ways to gather and share information.

Intelligence in the form of new kinds of computing models and new algorithms enables cities to generate predictive insights for informed decision making and action. For example, statistical models with time-dependent data feeds to predict traffic flows can be used to adjust and optimize congestion pricing according to need.

Developing a city strategy is both the hardest and most essential step to becoming a smarter city. This strategy will help determine where and when to invest, will articulate key milestones and returns on investment and can help define an integration/optimization calendar across all systems.

Source: Computer Express