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5 Smart Cities IoT Initiatives
Cities worldwide are becoming smarter, safer and more efficient thanks to Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. Here are five leading IoT initiatives.
Google’s Sidewalk Labs company Intersection has installed interactive kiosks across New York City to replace old payphones, giving residents free access to gigabit-speed Wi-Fi and allowing visitors to tap into useful services including maps, advice, and emergency assistance.
The on-street parking monitoring system uses a series of magnetic sensors set into the road surface to detect when a car parks over the device, making finding available parking spaces less of a chore for drivers, as well as lowering city congestion rates.
The Kansas most connected smart city (KCMO) is a series of IoT city initiatives made possible through a $15.7 million public-private partnership offering enhanced Internet connectivity, energy savings, intelligent networking and encouraging entrepreneurship through IoT.
Envision Charlotte is a project designed to help businesses in the city cut down on greenhouse gases and increase energy efficiency through Internet of Things technology.
The Sustainable Smart Town (SST) equips residential homes with a solar panel, energy monitoring devices, and an energy-storing battery, of which any excess solar power can be sold back to the grid. Residents can also take advantage of bicycle and EV sharing schemes, an online community portal, and are protected by 24/7 “virtual gate” camera-based security.