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How IoT Will Drive The Future of Smart City Development

The IoT or Internet of Things, along with the smart cities, are supposedly considered to be the future of what urban living can be. With this article, let us understand all about it.

Combining both of them is perceived as a great option to make a living in the urban area safer for living, with a much-reduced level of pollution, increased efficiency of energy, and better-managed roads with all the works.

The advantage of integrating IoT when planning a new city or planning its management is of prime importance to have a holistic approach to make life comfortable and suitable for the new era of living.

With that being said, not everybody will understand how the combination of both can solve the real-life problems that one faces about urban living.

Let us look into some of the critical aspects that combine the power of IoT to drive a specific thing of any smart city.

Automated Vehicles

One key thing that will come with a smart city is autonomous vehicles; they will play a crucial role in modern transport. This usually means the cars will be connected, and that will change our ways of driving.

For Example, many car companies are working on developing software to make vehicles drive themselves independently, manage speed, traffic, speed bump, or for that matter, park itself.

The story does not end there; as the technology develops in the future, the chances of human mistake will be minimized or, for that matter, eliminated, thereby reducing the chances of any accidents.

Even speed bump will have embedded sensors that will send or receive vehicle movement information, with the intelligence to exchange this type of information with incoming vehicles. The control hub will enable smooth traffic movement, lesser bottlenecks, or for that matter, road conditions.

The technology for connected cars will also help immensely predict collisions, any possible risk related to construction cones, or any other repair work. All this information will be passed on to the autonomous vehicle well in advance.


The new infrastructure, along with IoT, will be paramount of the future. The onset of smart cities requires to upgrade the current infrastructure to fit the increased population. Researchers say an average of 60 hours is spent per year is wasted by people looking for a parking space. IoT can help stop this crazy situation.

For Example, if you are going to a stadium to watch a baseball game, your vehicle can easily drop you off to your required destination and then find itself a place to park and wait for you to be back.

For this to happen in reality, we need to consider some significant iterations to the parking lots, roads as well as the connectivity between two places. This is just a glimpse of how a smart city can function, and with the help of IoT, how the future can be transformed.

Planning Tomorrow

The planning of tomorrow’s cities should be done today. This is one crucial aspect where IoT will be used to bring in growth and raise the new smart cities.

One should note at this point that upgrading the infrastructure of the town will take a lot of money as well as time, but that at no point should be the limiting factor.

With an estimate that about 70 percent of the population of the world will be living in smart cities, this is the best time to upgrade and upscale the cities.

The plans made years ago would not have considered the fact that the future of the cities is to get smart; no one even imagined automatic cars as these are very recent developments.

The city of tomorrow will integrate the traditional infrastructure like roads or barricades to upgraded sensor-based systems to better the connectivity and networking that will enhance road safety standards.

Final Thoughts

The IoT technology will facilitate the planning of smarter cities in the most stylish way possible. This is very easy to execute; technologies like data science or artificial intelligence will take into consideration all the possibilities required to envisage the future.

While we wait and see what the future unfolds, it will be quite a thing to know that most of the stated things above are being tested for perfection today. So watch out for the future!