How Cities Will Benefit from the Smart Buildings

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skyscraperby Angela Guess

Dr. Nicola Davies recently wrote for ExtremeTech, “Should a building be self-aware? Roberto de Bonis, a senior researcher at Telecom Italia that presented at the 4th International SMART Conference in Belgium, discussed smart technology and its application in so-called ‘smart buildings.’ De Bonis believes that, since more than 50% of the world’s population are city dwellers, projected to reach 70% by 2050, demand for smart city services will be increased by the Internet of Things (IoT). De Bonis and Enrico Vinciarelli, in their study ‘From Smart Metering to Smart City Infrastructure,’ presented a scenario where an IoT communication platform could be based on clusters of technologies that exploit different bandwidths. By linking devices so that they can talk to each other, a huge amount of data could be handled and analyzed in real time. In order to do this, cities will need both efficient infrastructure and storage for the information generated.”

Davies goes on, “Chris Bilton, Director of Research and Technology at BT, one of the world’s leading communications services companies, agreed about the huge potential for innovation in this area. ‘IoT technologies offer potential solutions to pressing problems faced by many organizations today that are seeking to improve quality of life and personal well-being, whilst at the same time enhancing efficiency, productivity and driving economic growth,’ he said. One area that has the potential to be positively impacted by IoT technology is transport. ‘Future cities are likely to include smart transport services for journey planning and shared transport assets,’ said Bilton. However, IoT technology is potentially even more sophisticated that this.”

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