When it comes to the Internet of Things (IoT) remote monitoring for the public sector/government, many conversations start and stop with security and its relation to IoT.
While some strides have been made in enhancing security and the software that ties it altogether, other areas remain somewhat untouched. In fact, on average, only 20% of an organization’s budget is allocated for innovation, according to "Top 6 Digital Transformation Trends in Government". Opportunities for embracing new technologies are surfacing daily.
Here are our top four areas where smart technology could make a positive impact in cities or municipalities:
Depending on your community, parking spaces can be a coveted amenity. Smart parking means embedding sensors in or around parking spaces to identify whether the space is occupied or available. This data is sent to a platform, which creates a real-time parking map of the monitored area.
Future enhancements related to parking spaces could include:
- Metering alerts (notifying the car owner that their metered space is expiring)
- Reserving parking spaces near favorite stores (used as an incentive for return customers)
- Purchasing and selling a set of spaces during events, on an individual space basis, all managed remotely
Smart cities not only benefit residents, but there could be a boost in tourism. How? Imagine visiting a new city and getting a mobile notification about what’s happening in that city, a new exhibit in a museum, a restaurant opening, or details on a family-friendly art festival. Public entities can control location-based push notifications to locals and tourists. These notifications are a perfect solution for the 65% of public service leaders who have made personalizing a citizen’s experience a priority, according to "Top 6 Digital Transformation Trends in Government".
Smart sensors can be installed to help monitor the progress on a variety of green initiatives. From encouraging more green transportation choices on high travel/commute days, avoiding water wastage by planting sensors in water pipes to detect leaks, or monitoring pollution levels and air quality, smart sensors can help shape a greener environment.
4. Street lights.
As one of the most expensive infrastructure assets for most public entities, cities are seeing immediate benefits from implementing smart street lighting. Replacing traditional fixtures with an energy-efficient alternative is great. Integrating technology is even better! For example, dynamic lighting, that adjusts for weather conditions or increases lighting in high-crime areas, shows how technology can shape a better infrastructure.
These smart and seamless additions, you can lower costs and increase public safety, while simultaneously reducing private travel, improving air quality, and continuously enhancing the public experience.
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