Smart Cities Can Save 125 Hrs For Each Citizen Every Year: Study
An Intel-sponsored study by Juniper Research estimates that Smart Cities can give back about 125 hours to every resident every year. By implementing the Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to collect and analyze data to improve public infrastructure and services, cities can offer people a significant saving on their personal time.
One of the common cons of living in the expanding metropolitan city is the hour long traffic on roads with no real sight of early clearance. The U.N.’s prediction that by 2030 two-thirds of the world’s population will reside in densely packed megacities, reinforces a real urgency to alleviate the pressures and impact of overcrowding. This draws our immediate attention towards the need to mitigate overcrowding and congestion through smart urban planning.
Cities can offer people a significant saving on their personal time in four key areas: mobility, healthcare, public safety and productivity.
“We can’t overlook the importance of the real human benefits that smart cities have. Connected communities, municipal services, and processes have a powerful impact on a citizen’s quality of life,” Winsdor further added.
Smart cities will change the way of travel between home and workplace, hence providing a better quality of life for citizens.
Let’s briefly look at the crucial developments in smart cities that would expectedly save time.
Mobility: The average peak-time vehicle speed in cities is a dismal 4 mph. This gridlock causes drivers to lose up to 70 hours per year. The study determined an integrated IoT-enabled infrastructure of intelligent traffic systems, safer roads, directed parking, frictionless toll and parking payments can give back up to 60 hours a year to drivers otherwise stuck in their cars.
Health: The study found that smart cities with connected digital health services can play a significant role in creating efficiencies – saving citizens almost 10 hours a year – and even potential lifesaving benefits for both patients and caregivers. Examples such as wearable apps monitor blood pressure, pain tolerance and temperature to help people manage chronic conditions without hospitalization.
Public Safety: Advancement in public safety can deliver substantial time benefits for smart city citizens – nearly 35 hours per year, according to the study. For instance, in Portland, Oregon, and San Diego Intel joined GE and AT&T to deploy the Digital Infrastructure with Current. This enables the cityscape to generate valuable data, enabling a host of local departments to be safer, cleaner and increasing efficiency.
Smart cities may be still in the early stages, but based on the activities the study highlights, which are being rapidly implemented worldwide, there’s every reason to believe these examples are just the beginning of what’s possible.
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