If you think of a routine incident such as a car accident on a city street at night, you can start to see how the Internet of Things (IoT) can power a new generation innovation that will enhance public safety and improve quality of life. IoT apps enable the accident to be captured by connected video cameras that automatically trigger an alarm. Public safety services are instantly notified. The streetlights grow brighter so responders can work more effectively. And connected transit and traffic light systems automatically divert traffic away from the accident scene.
All of the applications involved in managing a road accident better are possible in connected smart cities but today, even when cities connect individual applications, they mostly operate in silos. They’re based on technologies from different vendors, none of which talk to each other, making them more complex and expensive. Even worse, cities can’t tap the full potential they could realize if everything was linked within a single system.
3GPP low-power wide-area (LPWA) network technologies are going to break down smart city silos by making cost effective connections available. Designed specifically for low-bandwidth, low-power IoT applications, LPWA connections will make Smart City innovation a lot simpler, less expensive, and more exciting.
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