Smart Thinking Powers Cities of the Future
The Internet of Things (IoT) is making greener, safer and more efficient cities possible and practical. By connecting sensors to vehicles and city infrastructure, governments can reduce energy and water consumption, keep people moving efficiently, and improve safety and quality of life.
IoT solutions will continue to enrich the lives of residents and make governments more efficient in responding to citizens’ needs. From security and convenience to revenue generation, smart city and smart building applications will change the way urban areas operate and the way we live and work.
Combining world-class Internet of Things expertise with our network of innovative global partners, we can get you connected with the right wireless IoT solutions aligned to your needs, all in a low total cost of ownership package.
Although sensors and telemetry have been around for decades, traditional monitoring has been power hungry and expensive. In the last few years a fundamental shift in sensor miniaturization, battery technology and low-power, wide-area wireless networks has lead to the realization of reliable, easy-to-deploy and inexpensive IoT.
How to Think "Smart" in 2020
There are many ways to solve the challenges in operating a city or building.
Current methodologies typically involve setting a course of action to fix a “known problem”. This is a typical “deductive” approach to solving business problems and relies on experts in your organization to give opinions about a proper course of action. This approach has been utilized for years because it has traditionally been cost-prohibitive to gather the amount of data needed to make meaningful decisions.
Smart thinking involves first measuring the physical environment through the use of wirelessly connected sensors. Gathering massive amounts of data is incredibly inexpensive in 2020. Data generated today costs a micro-fraction of what it did even 10 years ago. This massive volume at pennies a reading can give remarkable insights into how your organization runs.
IoT is not about technology, it’s about solving the right business problem.
Air Quality Sensors
Chair Occupant Sensor
What You Can Find Out
“Are certain components in my building failing more often than they should?”
“Are meeting rooms being fully utilized or are people booking big rooms for small meetings?”
“What outlets need/should be on all night?”
“In an emergency, who is left in a building and where?”
“How is office space utilized?”
“Why is my HVAC working so hard?”
“Are the EV spots open for charging?”
It’s possible to interface currently installed devices and sensors (whether SDI-12 or analog) that are not Internet-connected with a secure LPWAN to enable real-time data collection. Retrofitting current devices turns them into “smart” devices, facilitating the collection of more data from more places at much less cost, and perhaps most importantly, eliminates long cable runs.
Extend the Capabilities of Existing Technology
Save money, time and resources while gaining the benefits of wireless device connectivity. Any device can be made IoT-capable by connecting interface units to currently installed sensors, so organizations can enjoy the many benefits of real-time data communications.
IoT interfacing technology is built on open standards, compatible with many devices and network technologies and doesn’t lock you in to long-term proprietary technology obligations.
The world’s large cities will pose our greatest challenge—and greatest opportunity—in the next century. Today there are 21 “megacities” with more than 10 million people, and more than 1 million people move to cities every day. By 2050, 70 percent of the world’s population will call a major city home. But today, cities waste an estimated $39 billion in water, gas and energy resources. As demands on resources and infrastructure grow, how will cities provide energy, water, transportation and other critical services for so many people?
Cities are constantly striving to be sustainable, more responsive to events and changes, and safer and healthier for their residents. A smart city aims to achieve these goals while addressing challenges such as rapid urbanization, pollution, climate change, and resource constraints. To do so, city officials are examining all the functions they provide—from transportation, energy, healthcare, and street lighting to better educational and cultural spaces—and asking how the Internet of Things (IoT) can transform the urban environment.
Cellular Networks and Mobile Data
Being a one-stop-shop means we can furnish you with both the right devices and the right low-power, wide-area network to make your IoT project successful.
That network may be an open-standard, unlicensed LoRaWAN network or a cellular networking technology like Cat-M or NB-IoT that uses existing LTE infrastructure with cellular fallback to 3G and 4G.
We can offer you e-SIM cards and embedded SIM (MF22) chips that connect globally to our partner carriers and provide access to multiple networks in each country, guaranteeing the best coverage.
The advantages we offer include the flexibility to switch to a different provider’s network at any time, no long-term contracts, local and personal customer service, and pricing that’s the best in the market.
GPS Asset and Fleet Tracking
GPS-based, LTE-enabled tracking devices can be connected to your valuable assets to track their use and position in near-real-time. Combined with specialized asset management software, these devices allow you to log different events and asset use statistics.
In addition to vehicles, all kinds of construction equipment including bulldozers, cranes, trailers, and generators can be tracked and monitored. Monitoring assets is critical to making sure projects progress on schedule and that these valuable pieces of equipment are being utilized effectively.
For an extra level of security, assets can be bound by a geofence to not leave a designated area (like a construction site or storage facility), and have an alert sent to a fleet manager when that does happen.
People spend 90 percent of their time indoors. We believe that the buildings we inhabit can be made more sustainable, responsive, healthy, and secure for occupants—as well as more profitable for owners—by making them more intelligent. That intelligence is enabled by IoT.
A smart building is any structure that uses automated processes to automatically control the building’s operations including heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting, security and other systems. A smart building uses sensors, actuators and a low-power, wide area network to collect data and manage it.
A smart building also leverages disparate systems being interconnected, allowing visualization of additional patterns for greater insight.
This infrastructure helps owners, operators and facility managers improve asset reliability and performance, which reduces energy use, optimizes how space is used and minimizes the environmental impact of buildings.
Indoor Air Quality
The service model has revolutionized IT. Just about anything an organization requires, from storage to security, and from applications to hosting, is available on the cloud as a service. The “as-a-service” model provides the convenience of paying for technology as neatly packed line items on a monthly statement without the significant capital expenditure investment.
Citykinect extends this concept to IoT projects, allowing a full IoT infrastructure to be deployed quickly and scaled as needed, with all service, support, training, security, storage and data visualization included for a monthly or yearly per-device fee. No capital investment required.
The Icosphere Cloud Portal
Regardless of which devices are part of your network or which LPWAN network technology is deployed to get the data from point A to point B, everything is managed with Citykinect’s cloud-based software platform Icosphere. It’s a simple yet powerful platform for configuring every aspect of your devices and network.