What is a smart city and What can you do to get involved?
As the world sees a shift from the country to urban life, smart cities are the next wave for the future. With many avenues to improve city’s financial, environmental, and social aspects of life, digital transformation helps to leverage the technology investments across an entire city landscape. Smart City technology expenditures have reached $80 Billion dollars in 2016. It is expected to continue the growth model to $135 Billion by 2021 according to a report from the International Data Corporation (IDC). With that said, I believe it is safe to say smart initiatives will continue to flourish and now is the best time to be a part of that change.
What is a smart city?
A smart city is a city that uses technology like IoT sensors to connect components across a city landscape to derive data and improve the lives of its’ citizens and visitors.
What does a smart city do?
Smart Cities compile information from its’ citizens and visitors often via a mobile application to give immediate communication of community needs – municipal infrastructure, traffic jams, parking spots, etc.
Why do smart cities matter?
With the world’s population becoming more urban and less rule, smart cities can make the metro areas better places to live and improve the quality of life by making them more environmentally sustainable and efficient.
What can you do to get involved?
Mobile application development will be huge in this sector. Creating advanced, low-latency applications that can leverage big data analytics and real-time video and information sharing enabled by symmetrical fiber or 5G wireless networks will surely take the cake.
Big data, Cloud Computing, Networking, and Security also have a strong involvement in creating a working city environment.
As smart technology continues to improve the ways of life for many citizens around the globe, it is important to note the vast area of potential for IT roles. As highlighted, there are many areas of importance that contribute to the creation of smart cities. I implore you to continue to read and develop skills that would aid in your shift from one sector of IT into that of smart cities.