A great deal of money is being invested in Smart Cities and whilst some of the publicity is about major innovation the reality is that incremental improvements in large numbers of workflows and applications are powering the advances being made. IoT and sensors are helping join up disparate highway hardware and software, plant & equipments.
Better decision making and execution is the key to strategic planing, organisation, direction of people and resources and control. In other words better management
...... the catalytic power of the IoT for smart cities actually lies in the multiplier effect of its somewhat utilitarian functionality. “IoT simplifies smart cities. Cities already understand the process of sensing and actuating to collect and act on data. IoT has been happening for years with traffic light systems, automatic number plate recognition and the like, it’s just increasing scale and reach,” he says. .... a range of apparently unremarkable applications for the IoT: streetlights that can sense and adjust to the environment and conditions, whether people or traffic are passing, or notifying if a bulb fails; monitors for water leaks, with the facility to shut off pipes automatically; or simply sensors to detect full rubbish bins. Resource management issues in energy, water and waste are being tackled in a myriad of small ways, one sensor at a time