Smart cities capture and analyze data from the sensors, cameras, and computers that are embedded throughout a modern city. This web of devices and data creates an increasingly sophisticated layer of intelligence that can make everything and everyone, from traffic signals and trash cans to policy makers and police officers, smarter and more effective.
Smart city technologies include video cameras, IoT sensors, and devices that can sense, analyze, and act on their own very quickly when powered by AI delivered over high bandwidth 4G and 5G networks.
Cost: Adding cameras, sensors, and computing devices to city infrastructure takes funding. However, costs can be offset through an incremental build-out or by expense reductions and new revenue streams resulting from smart technology use.
Data management, security, and privacy: Once installed, smart city technologies create and depend on massive amounts of data. Collecting data, plus cleaning, analyzing, and sharing it across systems is a huge effort. Additionally, protecting people’s privacy and the city’s information is critical. Addressing data management and systems integration with smaller projects over time, using hardware-based security technologies and end-to-end measures, can help cities tackle these challenges in a secure manner.
Intel and our partners are leading the shift to open, software-defined smart city solutions that can run on off-the-shelf hardware. We’re building solutions with open standards, so today’s technologies work with tomorrow’s innovations. We’re helping cities extend AI practically everywhere and deliver smarter services, safer streets, and a healthier, more sustainable urban environment for every resident.