According to some estimates, future 5G networks could have data transfer speeds up to 100 times faster than today’s LTE networks. This breathtaking speed will enable new kinds of innovations and applications in urban environments that will improve livability, enhance resource efficiency, and increase productivity.
The lack of latency in a 5G network will make it easier for cities to generate, transfer, and collect data in real time; but to deliver tangible value, cities must take a proactive approach and have the data management and analytics capabilities needed to effectively leverage their data . If done correctly, 5G networks combined with big data solutions will revolutionize how businesses, households, and cities operate.
5G, as the most recent wireless communication technology, is characterized by ultra high speed, super low latency, and massive connectivity. This new technology is bound to have a profound impact on smart cities as it permits the transfer and sharing of large volumes of data with minimal latency. These features will enable Internet of Things (IoT) devices to connect online and contribute data to the smart city ecosystem. With 5G, the Internet of Everything can become a reality.
To achieve higher level of efficiency, all of the devices in a smart city system (transportation, water management, electricity, disaster prevention, etc.) could generate data and fuel an Artificial Intelligence that conducts big data analysis to better understand and optimize traffic, resource usages, and processes. When cross-domain data is combined, cities can easily allocate resources in real-time to meet the needs of their citizens, improve the livability and reduce carbon footprint. Whether it is to achieve greater public safety, a greener city or an improved transportation network, 5G use cases are endless and will be the underlying technology powering all these new applications as long as cities are able to correctly leverage the data powered by this technology.
Given the anticipated massive increase in data generated from 5G, cities should proactively address three points to get the most from it:
- Data Volume: Volume of data is poised to increase dramatically. To foster innovation and enable the creation of use cases, cities should ask how they can create a new data ecosystem where stakeholders can build, govern and and develop smart applications from shared data sources, securely.
- Data Silos: As with most data project, information silos will arise in smart city. Cities operators should think ahead and break down technology and organizational silos to achieve a holistic view of data, information, and other resources. This will allow cities to get the most of their data, boost efficiency, and provide better services.
- Data Privacy and Security: Also, given the vast amount of collected data by IoT devices, public concern has grown calling for stricter security and privacy. Cities should have stringent data governance policies in place to make sure they meet the rising expectations of their citizens.
Smart city technologies and applications will help cities become greener and safer while enabling more effective planning of urban environments. But to achieve these desirable objectives, cities should have the right platform in place to fully leverage, in real time, the volume of data 5G is poised to generate.
To help realize the promises of smart cities, which rely on IoT and large cross-domain data ecosystems, TCS has launched a City Command Center solution that enables city manager to view, analyze and optimize city-level functions and events in real-time across departments. The platform helps cities break down data and operation silos of multiple city domains for more effective situational awareness and better collaboration and coordination of city resources and services.
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