Insights / Smart Cities
More and more things are being fitted out with M2M solutions and thereby made usable in a new way. Learn more about different key topics within M2M communication like Smart Cities or the Industrial Internet.
Smart Cities – The Cities of the Future
Connected and intelligent, Smart Cities technologies make urban life more efficient. In view of the enormous challenges cities face, there is virtually no alternative to digital transformation.
Smart Cities have long ceased to be a remote vision of the future. Many large cities have already embarked on the road to become smart, connected cities. The challenges they face are complex, and current forecasts see the threat of a collapse in traffic and the environment.
Funding makes transition easier
According to United Nations estimates, around 70 percent of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050. But increasing urbanization is not the only problem that cities face. With shrinking public sector budgets and an urgent need to use resources sustainably, the situation is getting worse.
In view of the enormous challenges there is virtually no alternative to the digital transformation of cities into smart urban spaces. Smart Cities are the cities of the future. One indication that this is so is the funding offered by the European Commission and the European Investment Bank, whose investments are aimed at easing the transition to fully connected, Smart Cities.
The key to a successful digital transformation is the provision of an integrated communication infrastructure. It includes broadband and mobile networks that already provide full coverage in most European cities and also, for example, Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) networks that are now in the process of being standardized. The choice of transmission channel depends to a large extent on the application scenario.
Telekom solution for parking and mobility management
With its expertise in the operation, management and upgrading of large communication infrastructures, its leading position in the M2M sector and its IT integration competence, Deutsche Telekom brings all aspects of the complex Smart Cities ecosystem in Europe down to a common denominator.
Deutsche Telekom has already kick-started many Smart Cities pilot projects in Europe. A Deutsche Telekom Smart Cities solution for parking and mobility management, for example, will enable motorists in Pisa to be guided to a free parking space by an app. Sensors in parking places check whether they are free or in use and relay this information to the app. The parking charge is paid conveniently by smartphone.
Smart Cities technologies reduce energy consumption
Street lighting too can be managed more efficiently by means of Smart Cities solutions, as a pilot project in the Croatian city of Dubrovnik demonstrates. Combined with solid-state lighting, smart lighting management can reduce electricity costs by up to 70 percent and maintenance costs by up to 30 percent. Thanks to Smart Cities technology the city has all of its street light under scrutiny at all times and can identify faults and remedy them immediately.
Deutsche Telekom’s Smart Stadium, a connected and integrated master plan for large-scale events, digitizes for the organizers all aspects of stadium operation –from security and calculating waiting times at sales stalls to the maintenance of stadium lighting. Deployment of resources that can be planned more precisely enables energy consumption to be reduced by 10 percent. During the event, automated video analyses identify problems at an early stage and ensure swifter response times in the event of incidents.
These examples show what current solutions can do already and how they can be integrated into a citywide network. Connected Cities will not take shape overnight, but cities can bring about the societal, economic, ecological, and technological developments required for digital transformation into Smart Cities.