Thanks to the internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing, and fast communication networks, cities are getting smarter in how they operate, deliver services, and support residents and businesses. The continued deployment of 5G networks, with their substantial increases in speed, bandwidth, and data throughput, will only serve to accelerate the development of smart cities throughout the world. In this blog post, I’ll take a look at how smart many cities have already become and what we can expect to see on the horizon as 5G networks get rolled out.
In Singapore, a vision called Smart Nation aims to collect data from throughout the city-state via sensors that are linked to aggregation boxes, making it easier for the appropriate agencies to conduct analysis and deliver services accordingly. Dubai is in the midst of a multi-year plan to digitize all government services, covering areas including transportation, electricity, infrastructure, and communications. Oslo is deploying sensors widely in its buildings to control lighting, heating, and cooling—a part of the Norwegian capital’s goal to reduce emissions by as much as 95% by 2030. These cities are among the many that are leading the charge to become smart cities.