According to NLC’s national survey, about 66 percent of the U.S. cities have already invested in smart technology. And 42 percent of cities are using or considering to make use of drones in municipal operations.
The United Nations mentioned in the ‘World cities of 2016′ booklet that by 2030, 60 percent of the global population will live in cities. To accommodate high number of citizens improvements are needed to be made to services like garbage removal, water supply, job creations etc.
Definition of a genuine Smart City
That is the true definition of a smart city! When one that uses technology for better living and for creating new opportunities (i.e jobs) etc.
San Diego announcement on November 2018
The city announced to further expand the world’s largest smart city IoT platform. Also, to add another sensor and to increase the efficiency of LED streetlight by 20%.
The opening for entrepreneurs
This is just the beginning as more and more cities smarten up, the amount of data gathered will grow to a high level. Additionally, to benefit the city and its residents many apps and software must be created. Therefore many cities will search for developers to create it. And this is the opening for entrepreneurs.
The entrepreneur can have the opportunity and idea. These ideas and opportunities can be transformed in something useful whether it is in mobile apps, quality-of-life issues or grid technology.
Austin-based Sensco uses a sensor data to detect leaks. Roadbotics, a Global Leader In Road Assessments which tracks road conditions and alerts the local government officials and drivers about the road issues like potholes.
Three core values
All smart cities use intelligent design and solutions to develop the three core values that is:
Apps involved to build a smart city
One Concern uses artificial intelligence to gather data from city sensors to predict natural disasters such as earthquakes, fires and flooding. One Concern presently monitors 12,076,661 residential, 651,917 commercial buildings and monitor earthquakes for 36,000,000 people.
Software startup Bixby has an app that uses cloud-based tools and services to facilitates property management for landlords and residents. LotaData which engages in location-based predictive analytics for marketers, governments as well as for developers.
Tech startups are even relocating to smart cities to introduce their own products. SafetyCulture, creators of a workplace safety app, moved to Kansas City, Missouri in 2016, to take advantage of its sensors and IoT capabilities.
Houston invested $34 million to make a smarter traffic signal, roadside message signs and wireless communications. In 2017, the city joined 21 others, including Austin, Seattle, Pittsburgh and Boulder, to collaborate on making use of smart technologies to address to the issues of urban transportation.
The opportunities and spaces for forward-thinking entrepreneurs are there! But all it needs is a little effort to find them.