Smart Cities: Is Your City Keeping Up?
What Makes a City Smart?
Smarter cities of all sizes are capitalizing on new technologies and the diminishing cost of IT infrastructure to create a ubiquitous network of connected devices, smart sensors, and big data analytics to transform their systems, operations and service delivery.
Competition among cities to engage and attract new residents, businesses and visitors means constant attention to providing a high quality of life and vibrant economic climate. Forward- thinking leaders recognize that although tight budgets, scarce resources and legacy systems frequently challenge their goals, new and innovative technologies can help turn challenges into opportunities.
Digi helps make your city smart by adding connectivity and intelligence to critical government systems. Get the real-time information and remote management you need for transit, traffic control, intelligent street lighting, waste and recycling, all while keeping budgets under control. Being smarter can change the way our cities work and help deliver on their potential as never before.
With Digi Smart Cities solutions you can:
- Exceed Public Expectations: Integrate data from thousands of remote sensors and cameras to reduce traffic congestion, optimize transit performance, and maintain services.
- Maximize Public Budgets: Use data collected from city systems to analyze performance, plan maintenance, lower energy costs, and dynamically adjust transit and parking.
- Manage Complex Systems: Proven Digi wireless modules and gateways connect existing infrastructure for remote monitoring and management in real.
- Reduce Response Times: Track the location and condition of public safety vehicles to predict maintenance needs and ensure operational.
Smart cities are accelerating their adoption of a new generation of information technology and big data, based on the network combination of the Internet, high bandwidth Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity, low-cost RF networks and other sensor networks. Cities stand to benefit the most from connecting people, process, data and city assets. Given these trends, it is critical for city managers to understand where we are, and take advantage of opportunities of these technologies.
- Secure, Reliable and Affordable Systems: More cities and agencies are able to leverage an expanding array of smart applications than ever Having off-the-shelf platforms and applications puts intelligent systems within the reach of most agencies and municipalities.
- Sensor Efficiency: Sensors are cheaper, smaller and more energy efficient than ever before, allowing more sensors to be installed in more places and maintained for longer periods of time at the edge of networks, without the need to service or replace them for years.
- Communication Standards: Communication standards make it easier to integrate into existing networks, allowing for more localized and real-time decisions at the edge of networks.
- Ubiquitous Bandwidth: High-bandwidth wireless communications are now common in most cities. This bandwidth combined with mesh technologies and resiliency, guarantees high service quality and relatively low maintanance.
Digi has been a driver of bringing purpose-built, mission-critical M2M solutions to the market for 30 years. Within Smart City projects, Digi technology is enabling new operational efficiencies, reduced response times and new levels of citizen services.
Following are Smart City applications where Digi has demonstrated success:
- Bus / Rail Transit
- Street Lighting
- Traffic Management
- Meter Reading
- Public Safety
- Environmental Monitoring
- Water / Wastewater
- Electric Vehicle Charging
- Security Cameras
- License Plate Reader
- Information Kiosks
- SCADA-Remote Monitoring
- Waste & Recycling
- Positive Train Control (PTC)
- Remote Office
- Smart Parking Systems
- Digital Signage
- Bicycle Sharing System
- Tank Level Monitoring
- Variable Message Signs
Cities investing in the long-term efficiency of their infrastructure aim to make their systems intelligent through increased connectivity. These cities not only see their energy usage and carbon footprint diminish — they also enhance their livability as safe, vibrant cities, thus attracting both citizens and tourists.
Digi is a proven partner in delivering connectivity and intelligence to critical government systems. Digi has helped cities and counties to benefit from the real-time information and remote management necessary to drive efficiencies across all municipal functions.
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1UN State of World Cities report, 2012/13, http://www.unhabitat.org/pmss/listItemDetails.aspx?publicationID=3387