Elected and appointed municipal leaders around the world increasingly are addressing the challenge of improving citizen services in budget constrained environments. While technology long has played a critical role in improving the efficiency and productivity of city workforces, a concept called the Internet of Things (IoT) is adding new ways to apply technology to address key priorities by improving the productive interaction of devices and infrastructure investments without human intervention, according to executives at Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.
IT research firm Gartner cited the Internet of Things as one of the top 10 strategic technology trends for 2013, noting that the emerging technology has the potential to deliver a strategic advantage for early adopters. As the IoT gains steam, Gartner sees an expansion of the Internet as items such as physical assets and personal devices are connected. Meanwhile, analysts at Research and Markets expect demand for IoT and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications devices to reach $290 billion by 2017.
The IoT is poised to become a key enabler of Smart City objectives. According to analysts at IDC Government Insights, by embracing an IoT strategy that leverages the power of IPv6 to collect data remotely from smart objects and sensors, municipalities can achieve the seemingly contradictory benefits of doing more with less: enhancing citizen services and public safety, while gaining extraordinary efficiencies – and even slashing current expenditures.
“The Internet of Things (IoT) is reaching a tipping point that will make it a sustainable paradigm for practical applications that can change the future of individuals, enterprises and the public sector,” says Massimiliano Claps, Research Director, IDC EMEA Government Insights.
“IoT applications in the public sector can span a variety of domains: public security, defense, environmental protection, transport, and health. In each of these domains, connected objects can provide situational awareness that can help citizens and government personnel act and react at the operational level, monitor the status or behavior of people and assets to make management decisions, and support very fine-grained, sensor-driven analytics that help with planning decisions.”
In this report we explore the strategic, operational, financial and technological issues that municipal decision-makers must address to develop and execute successful Smart City initiatives that leverage the power of the IoT. To download this report, click here.