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City-Wide IoT Infrastructure

What Makes A Smart City Different?

The smart city is essentially a framework of said sensors. Governing bodies of these cities are then leveraging cellular connectivity and IoT SIM cards to connect these sensors. A smart city can provide its residents with a great number of benefits, from making sure that their rubbish is collected on time to reducing traffic and increasing the quality of air.

The flow of transport is improved by the use of devices such as the smart traffic light. These traffic lights contain an IoT SIM that connects them to the network and allows data to be transferred and signals to change at a more responsive rate. Improvements in traffic congestion also help to reduce air pollution. A win-win for the humble IoT SIM!

As well, smart air monitors are utilising the IoT SIM to help combat poor air quality within cities. Air pollution is a big factor in poor health, exacerbating breathing conditions such as asthma and leading to a large amount of unnecessarily early deaths. Smart air monitoring systems deploy sensors which can relay pollution levels in real-time. Thousands of readings are taken daily, meaning that an option that will supply secure and continuous connectivity is imperative. An IoT SIM will allow the sensors to connect to the strongest network, switching to another if the signal strength drops.

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Proper Preparation is Paramount

The Advantages of Cellular for Smart Cities

Smart cities will come at an expense though. The IoT SIM connecting via a cellular network is an ideal solution because the network is already in place for it. Unnecessary costs will want to be avoided and by using a pre-existing framework there is a lower upfront cost involved in getting connected. IoT SIM cards also allow for smart cities to quickly deploy connectivity over a wide area and efficiently connect to the vast network of sensors.

Data collected from smart cities can contain highly sensitive information such as license plates numbers from vehicles or the personal movements of the residents of the city. It is important therefore that there is a security measure in place when looking at connectivity. An IoT SIM is required to have measures such as telco-grade security integrated so that any data collected is safe.

A Peek Behind The Curtain

Where Does The Infrastructure Go?

When you think of smart cities where do you think of the sensors being positioned? Sure, air monitoring and traffic control sensors will be situated outside, but what about those that aren’t? Certain sensors, such as alarm or water monitoring systems are required to be situated within a building. Not only this but the sensors may even be positioned under the ground, in car parks or basements for example. Having connectivity via an IoT SIM will allow for seamless connection regardless of the position of the sensor, due to the ability of the cellular network to penetrate through buildings or even underground.

But Not Everything Needs to be New

Integrating Existing Technologies

Because an IoT SIM can access a number of different network options, including 2G, 3G and 4G, it is a highly attractive connectivity option for the smart city. This means that whatever the requirement of the IoT devices and sensors, there are various options and a full range of services available.

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