What Happens When a City Comes to its Senses?
A city coming to its senses or more like its sensors, might be referred to as a “smart city.” Mayor and city officials look to leverage sensors to wirelessly manage streetlights and traffic signals to lower energy costs. Security cameras, digital kiosks, parking sensors and more are common sightings with a goal to improve the quality of life for residents. Smart cities use data from these edge sensors/devices to manage available resources efficiently, safely and sustainably.
It makes sense that more and more cities want to be a “smart city.” But, is there a smarter approach?
Edge sensors and devices in cities are only one small part of the fabric of a smart city environment. Merging these external data sources with those in our homes, on our wrists, in our pockets and bags brings us to the next natural evolution—connected life.
Connected life brings together “smart communities” that are uniquely situated at the intersection of multiple IoT data troves (city, home, wearables, etc.). As such, the value will not be in the data created in each of those data silos, but rather how communities bring these disparate data pools together, overlapping them to create new products, services, and solutions to enrich the way we live.
So what happens when the connected life comes to life?
Western Digital recently teamed up with ReadWrite to host an evening of discussion about this topic featuring industry innovators including:
- John Skinner, VP of Business Development at HyTrust
- Pat Sullivan, Managing Director at Accenture
- Philip Townsend, SVP of Global Solutions & Innovations at Hitachi.
The event was kicked off by Western Digital’s Senior Vice President & GM, Dave Tang.
There are truly exciting things coming our way with the advent of “connected life.”
What do you think?
Are you a sceptic or a believer? Should we replace current city infrastructure with something “smarter?” Why or why not should we centralize and computerize emergency management, waste resources, transportation systems and more? Sound off below.