Smart cities are becoming a reality nowadays, and the Internet of Things represents a huge part of that evolution. Today we will talk more about some of the best connected solutions that are already changing our lives. If you have not read the first part, check it out here!

Smart lighting
Due to a growing demand, the electricity is becoming a very expensive resource. All kinds of waste, especially in the context of big cities, generate huge expenses. Because the weather is dynamic, especially in cities with large temperature range, artificial lighting may be required sooner or later.

Through light sensors, today the technology is capable of adapting the lighting in a city by its degree of luminosity, but also to predict more specific demands, accordingly to the weather forecasting. This is already a present reality not only in cities, but also in companies and residences.

Air pollution
CO2 emissions are recurrent topics in any political agenda. The Internet of Things, as an efficiency and cost saving tool, can help not only to identify, but also to reduce these indexes.

Tools and devices linked to the IoT can promote the reduction of fuel combustion and a better use of energy resources. Actually, all the consumption chain can be optimized. With more efficiency obtained, for example, in the transportation of goods and precision farming, is not just the decrease in CO2 that is at stake, but also the increase in profit of companies.

Water Leakages
Electricity is essential to any society. However, drinking water is even more essential in big urban centers. This natural resource is becoming increasingly scarce, and politicians and public managers know how much it costs to collect or produce that good. It turns out that the water fit for use is often wasted even before reaching its final destination.

Poor infrastructure gives rise to water leakages. However, the IoT technology is capable of alerting potential problems and defects before they happen, also showing where repairs are necessary. Data-gathering devices, such as sensors, for instance, can detect an abnormal presence of liquids outside tanks or water pressure variations along water pipes.

This is just the beginning of a smart revolution. With connected solutions, the IoT will help cities and companies to become ready for that new world.

After the first wave of innovation, the Internet of Things is today a more “mature” technology. And the good news about the current stage of the development of connected solutions is how real and viable are now becoming the execution of all these ideas.

Never before the world of the future has been so close to become a reality. Proof of this is everywhere nowadays, with the rise of Smart Cities. In the first part of this article, we are going to discuss some of the best solutions in the IoT that are already on the streets.

Smart parking
Besides the presence detection sensors, which are capable of showing drivers vacant parking spots through light signals, today the IoT technology provides precise information about the space usage, showing the busy and the idle areas in the parking lots.

Based on this scenario, it is possible to produce solutions and generate more efficiency with the usage of certain areas dedicated to vehicles, reducing the idleness of these spots regularly empties, reclaiming it to other applications.

Urban mobility
When we talk about infrastructure planning, one of the biggest challenges of developing cities is the transformation of the urban flows. The top down model of public policy development has divided the structure of cities into residential, industrial and commercial areas. Those divisions ended up suffocating certain districts, affecting the urban mobility in large cities.

Modern concepts lead to another way of thinking – such as the bottom up. It is essential to have as many information of quality as possible before starting to invest in public policies. In this regard, the IoT offers connected solutions for dynamic environments, providing more accurate analysis for policy making.

Smart Roads
Today some GPS applications are capable to provide information to drivers almost in real time. The same is being made with some roads and highways. When using devices related to the IoT solutions, these roads are able to alert drivers about weather changes, traffic jams and dangerous conditions, in a simple and fast way. This can prevent crashes and save lives.

Found it interesting? It’s not over yet. Read more about the best Smart Cities solutions here. Konker produces connected solutions in the IoT for the Industry, Retail, Agriculture and Logistics segments.