According to the recent Mobility Report, nearly 29 bn devices are expected to be present in the connected devices spheres by the end of 2022. Among these, nearly 18 bn will be associated with IoT concepts. This is a prolific surge in the use and usability of IoT technologies and it is creating a different kind of evolution across multiple industry verticals, including those related to the construction of smart cities.
Potential IoT Backbone for Smart Cities
Ericsson recently conducted multiple projects that could be instrumental in building a strong foundation for the construction of smart and more importantly sustainable cities. At the axis of these developments lie the use of the companies cloud computing offerings and their IoT platforms. The current developments in city infrastructure and government decisions are increasingly being influenced by the inclusion of connected devices and related technologies into official and civilian lives. One of the recent examples is being called the largest digital evolutions of a Middle East region. This includes the use of nearly 800,000 smart meters by the Ministry of Electricity and Water in Kuwait. This implementation could ensure better savings in water distribution and consumption.
Cities Built on Automation, Cloud, and IoT
The concepts of cloud computing, automated industries, autonomous vehicles, and the Internet of Things technologies can be vastly interdependent in the future. Cases where cloud technology is being used to speed up developments in autonomous cars are already visible across the industry. Groups such as the Japanese Automotive Edge Computing Consortium that contains entities such as Ericsson are likely to be influential in the development of these technologies.