Smart cities are only as good as their connectivity

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Why connectivity is key

Technology has developed leaps and bounds in the last few decades. Where residents once relied on dial-up internet and the quandary of a decision between making a phone call or surfing the web, now everything in our homes and on the street can be consistently connected; that’s what a smart city means, a fully, always-on, connected urban area. By using technology to optimise the city or town, authorities will see benefits across a range of different aspects — from better transport and eased congestion to smart refuse and recycling points and saving electricity. Therefore consistent connectivity is absolutely vital to the functioning of smart cities.

Combating climate change

There are numerous benefits to the data collection and analysis that smart cities allow, but an increasingly important one is the way it is helping to fight climate change.

Working with local government

As mentioned, smart cities collect and analyse data constantly. This gives you a constant stream of information, meaning councils and local authorities can make more effective, data-driven decisions. By helping to monitor resources it saves time and money. Given the UK government’s plans to achieve net-carbon emissions by 2050, cities in this country will be focusing on sustainability. However, each city’s needs are different. The benefit of a smart city is that you can address the needs of each individual place efficiently whether it be forecasting and planning for population expansion or identifying traffic control issues that need to be addressed.

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