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24 Jan, 2018

Smart cities must do more to deliver value for citizens

Damien D’SouzaDamien D’Souza

Surveying the current IoT landscape, it might be hard to believe that the technology has been around for 30 years. While smart city projects have been early adopters of IoT, for the population of these cities, the impact of implementing connected devices can often be considered one-dimensional at best.   

That’s not to say there aren’t a great many examples of cities implementing IoT projects and achieving exciting results. The issue is that most of these projects are currently standalone initiatives. They are unable to interconnect or work alongside one another and, therefore, are unable to deliver wider-reaching benefits for cities and their citizens. The reason behind this can be traced back to the lack of interoperability between IoT communication protocols. Without the ability to have unlike protocols interacting and communicating with one another (for example, enabling protocols such as  LoRa and a Zigbee to seamlessly inter-connect), smart cities will hit a ceiling – and sooner than you might realise.   

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