From Pavement-Powered Wifi to Beacon Airport Assistance

By: Rebecca Byers - Apr 15, 2015
While the Internet of Things may seem like nothing more than a confusing buzz phrase, the integration of digital technology into the function of everyday objects is definitely the reality of our near future.

Whether it is beacon technology used to assist passengers as they check-in for their flights or smart traffic lights that use real-time data to alter its functions, there are plenty of examples of Internet connectivity being integrated with urban planning.

By investing in smart city infrastructure, municipalities are encouraging citizen engagement and enhance well-being and quality of life. When assessed as a list, there are plenty of sectors that are particularly ripe for digital integration, like healthcare, energy, public transport and water/waste management.

Such smart city technologies are a way to cultivate non-transactional relationships with citizens while providing those individuals with tools to empower themselves.