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3 key drivers to creating smart cities—and how to get there



By Stephane Paccaud
IoT Global Solution and Business Development Manager at HPE

Once the subject of sci-fi novels, smart cities are now a global phenomenon. From building electric vehicle infrastructures to implementing smart transportation systems, cities are becoming more and more intelligent. Of course, different cities have very different needs and challenges, but many are trying to solve the same problems and want to improve the quality of life for their inhabitants and increase overall efficiency and safety.

So what’s fueling this burgeoning interest in making cities smart? I see three key drivers:

Scalability.pngMajor city centers are exploding in size, scale, and complexity

Readers living in densely populated areas can probably relate to problems such as insufferable traffic, lack of street parking, and overflowing waste bins. And it will get worse: By 2050, 70% of the global population will live in urban areas. IoT solutions can help cities become more efficient and sustainable as demand rises

Mobility.pngThe speed and availability of technology is pushing cities to become more intelligent.

The growing ubiquity of sensors, applications, and mobility is helping cities connect and, more importantly, enabling them to collect and analyze data to produce insights never before possible. That translates to uncovering faster, better, and more cost-effective ways to deliver public services.

Growth.pngSmart cities will be the engine of global economic growth.

By 2025, the top 600 cities in the world will generate nearly 65% of world economic growth. A city that wants to become a leading player will need a competitive advantage. Delivering public services efficiently will be critical as city governments work to improve the quality of life for residents—and technology is the catalyst for this continued transformation.

IoT platform and smart cities

It’s important to remember that cities are heterogeneous environments—many have diverse economies, technical capacities, and connectivity requirements. Different public services require and consume different IT resources, which causes these services to be operated in silos.

For example, some smart city initiatives may require different types of networks (WiFi, 3G/4G, LoRa, etc.) to connect a myriad of sensors like smoke detectors, water flow gauges, electricity meters, and motion detectors. With this degree of diversity, cities need a platform capable of unifying and streamlining the management of varying types of protocols, devices, and networks.

This is where the HPE Universal IoT Platform comes in. This vendor-agnostic platform makes it easy for cities to add and manage new public services. It simplifies the management of various connected devices—as well as the different types of networks that connect them—regardless of their nature. More importantly, the Universal IoT Platform creates a collaborative environment for separate applications to access and provide data for analysis—thus deriving valuable insights that otherwise would not be possible.

Here are two areas where the HPE Universal IoT Platform can help cities transition into smarter ones:

Automotive.pngSmart parking

These days, you’re lucky if you only have to drive around for 20 minutes to find a parking spot. The result is frustrated citizens, snarled traffic, and increased CO2 emissions. Fortunately, IoT promises to change all that. Using real-time traffic information systems and smart parking meters that are able to detect if the parking space is occupied, cities across Europe and North America are reducing the time and cost of transportation and providing a healthier way of life by providing a real-time view of parking availability.

Recyclable.pngIntelligent waste management

For ages, garbage trucks in cities around the world have traveled the same routes daily, collecting waste whether a container is full or not. However, IoT can optimize this process by installing connected sensors in waste bins to monitor the level of rubbish inside. By collecting containers only when they are full, cities can realize massive operational savings. That’s critical given that waste management is typically one of the highest expenses a city incurs.

With connected public services such as smart parking and waste management being powered by the HPE Universal IoT platform and HPE analytics portfolio, smart cities are discovering new and innovative ways to drive greater quality of life, economic growth, and sustainable communities.

To learn more about how the HPE Universal IoT Platform makes it possible to build for and capture new value from the proliferation of connected devices, read the white paper “Smart cities and the Internet of Things” or download the waste management case study.

Partnership.pngIf you are a HPE Partner Ready channel partner, you can accelerate your customers’ IoT success today through the HPE IoT Partner Program, providing access to HPE’s Universal IoT platform and the broader portfolio of HPE IoT products, solutions and resources and the ability to leverage HPE’s global market presence.


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Stephane Paccaud is the IoT Global Solution and Business Development Manager at Hewlett Packard Enterprise.






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