One of the key applications of the Internet of Things (IoT) can be found in improving government services and quality of life through deployment and expansion of municipal programs aimed at creating smart cities. The rapid expansion of the volume of connected devices is already evident. BI Intelligence predicts that 34 billion devices will be connected to the internet by 2020 and the data they generate means that governments and municipalities can now leverage information and IoT technology to create a more connected world.
Governmental agencies are embracing the smart technologies movement around the globe. For example, Jeddah, one of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s (KSA) largest cities will become a smart city by 2018. In addition to its potential, Internet of Things capabilities and the data gathered are already making an impact in the lives of citizens through applications in a wide array of strategies to improve services and infrastructures including:
As cities are becoming smarter and offer a means of attracting new consumers in sectors of critical infrastructure, challenges of management and cohesive oversight emerge. By deploying a platform, such as Nokia’s IMPACT, that manages, secures, and scales across all devices and objects that operate on the city’s platform true value and efficiency can be realized. This ensures services and operations no longer operate as individual silos. Additional value is found in providing adaptable interfaces and tools to serve the unique needs of each city that promote innovation towards a smarter city in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible. These benefits can greatly enhance an existing IoT strategy or serve as a strong foundation for those evaluating the potential of IoT. The white paper below offers a blueprint for those evaluating their position and opportunities in deploying and monetizing IoT for their organization.
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As cities are becoming smarter and offer a means of attracting new consumers in sectors of critical infrastructure, challenges of management and cohesive oversight emerge.