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Connecting the IoT Ecosystem for Smart Cities

Smart cities are gaining traction around the globe – and with good reason.

These urban centers are designed to use information and communication technologies to increase efficiency, drive economic growth, and improve accessibility in incredible ways – for example by installing smart parking meters, using sensors to improve traffic, and transforming the way citizens access government programs and support.

Although smart cities promise to dramatically improve residents’ quality of life, there are considerable challenges associated with creating them. One of the main issues that needs to be addressed is the presence of data silos. With the way smart cities are currently designed, each segment is focused on its own:

  • Products
  • Budgets
  • Analytics
  • Responsibilities

City officials are striving to create solutions for specific agencies and issues (such as traffic management and law enforcement), but they aren’t paying attention to how these different areas affect the city and its people as a whole. Because a city can’t be genuinely connected if each component operates as its own distinct entity, this approach has the potential to drastically slow down smart city initiatives.

To fully harness the power of the IoT ecosystem, city officials must be able to break down the silos and combine massive quantities of data from multiple sources. In adopting this kind of a holistic approach, they can reap the benefits of the big picture. For example, smart meters won’t only impact parking patterns – they’ll also create efficiencies for the public transportation system.

To connect the various disparate segments of the IoT ecosystem and improve outcomes, cities need to adopt the right platform.

We recommend a horizontal platform, because it is capable of handling everything – from device management and data collection, to event processing and end-to-end security – depending on the city’s unique needs. In addition, it can be applied across all verticals, eliminating the need for a discreet solution for each individual application. These benefits maximize the value of analytics and managed data, so that cities can make strategic, informed, and, most importantly, smart decisions.

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