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Redefining Cities to Accelerate Efficiency, Growth, and Sustainability through HPE OEM
IoT Solutions World Congress (IOTSWC) is the leading international event that links IoT with industry. This event offered a highly international environment in Barcelona last week with more than +10,000 visitors, 220-exhibiting companies, and 250 speakers discussing IoT solutions in dedicated areas like manufacturing, energy & utilities, healthcare, building & infrastructure, connected transport, and open industry. The intense activity registered during the three-day conference positioned the event as one of the major international platforms promoting this new technology sector. Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) was the silver sponsor of the event displaying IoT solutions & services. Smart Cities and Smart Agriculture were the two major takeaways from this year's event.
By 2050, seventy percent of the global population will live in urban areas. Fortunately, the digital revolution holds great promise for responding to many of the challenges created by inexorable urbanization. IoT, in particular, offers far-reaching opportunities to change the trajectory of asset and resource management to help cities become more efficient and sustainable as demands increase. With the urbanization and influx of population living in urban areas, cities have an urgent need to plan properly for their constituents – by ensuring they have access to the big necessities: Food, Water, Clean Air, Health Care and Public Safety. The panel discussed these key concerns in the Congress and how HPE IoT solutions and technologies (such as computer vision, artificial intelligence, fog computing, machine learning) are addressing the challenges.
HPE continuously looks for ways that use the power of the network to build a better tomorrow. One way HPE brings that to life is through smart cities solutions — powerful innovations in IoT that will help transform cities and enhance lives as citizens.
The rapid growth of IoT drives a massive ecosystem of smart, cellular connected machines and things. HPE works closely with system integrators and OEMs around the globe to deliver a wide range of smart city solutions. HPE supports OEMs to deliver a unified, scalable IoT platform. Beyond wide-area coverage, cellular networks deliver numerous benefits to IoT applications including ubiquitous coverage, scalability to address the wide range of IoT use cases, managed and predictable quality of service, high reliability, robust end-to-end security, seamless interoperability backed by global standards.
Building a smart and connected IoT solution requires that industrial OEMs make significant investments in resources and time to address a multitude of issues that are typically more complex than those faced by traditional or consumer product manufacturers. For many OEMs, the motivation for IoT solutions starts with reduced costs of the remote devices, support, and maintenance. At the same time connected devices provide data to understand how the devices are used and help OEM’s identify improvements to its product offering or even create new business models. All of which helps to differentiate an OEM in the market and improve customer engagement and satisfaction.
Smart City- Big Data, the Edge, and the Cloud
Big Data- IoT and Big Data are expected to shape the use of technology in urban centers for decades to come. IoT applications and devices such as sensors, security cameras, and digital kiosks are leveraging ubiquitous connectivity, big data and analytics to enter in the era of smart city initiatives. Data is pouring at enormous rates from the technology on wrists and pockets, allows cities to virtually monitor, manage and control systems across its disparate communities. But the data alone can’t make a city smart. It’s through the data analytics that provides value for smart cities.
The Edge- In IoT, being able to compute on the devices, close to the edge, allows immediate response to environmental triggers. A good example is traffic lights. With the benefit of edge computing, they could adjust themselves as necessary to reduce congestion or turn on only if someone is approaching to save energy.
The Cloud- When IoT data sent to the cloud, it allows smart cities aggregate potential data points to make informed decisions. By using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), cities pull deep insights and actionable information from the massive streams of incoming data.
IoT platform and smart cities
Diverse environments of cities with different economies, technical capacities, and connectivity require different types of networks (WiFi, 3G/4G) 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. Here 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.
HPE Universal IoT Platform
For smart cities to become IoT operators and fully realize its value a horizontal platform is needed. Such a platform easily onboard new use cases defined by the application and device type from any industry and manage the entire ecosystem. HPE Universal IoT Platform is data-centric and is engineered to support millions of connections with heterogonous devices. With Universal IoT platform, HPE delivers end-to-end functionalities and creates the technical and economic conditions offering energy management applications to consumers, industries, and cities on a single, cost-effective, standard-compliant, scalable, and vendor-agnostic multi-tenant platform. Here are two areas where the HPE Universal IoT Platform can help cities transition into smarter ones:
Smart parking- Parking is a huge problem in urban areas resulting in 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 helps to find out whether parking is full or not.
Intelligent waste management- For ages, garbage trucks in cities around the world travel 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 garbage 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 powered by the HPE Universal IoT platform and HPE analytics portfolio, smart cities discover new and innovative ways to drive greater quality of life, economic growth, and sustainable communities.
Tap into the Massive IoT Market with HPE
Over the years HPE helps OEMs and customers build large-scale industrial automation, energy management, and telecommunications systems. From high-performance compute, storage and networking systems to Big Data analytics platforms to proactive security solutions, HPE has the technology building blocks to collect, store, protect, process and analyze massive volumes of IoT data in a highly scalable, yet cost-effective fashion. Whether developing intelligent systems for manufacturing, healthcare, energy, security or telecommunications, HPE has everything to build a highly competitive and profitable IoT solution required for a smart city.
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.
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