Verizon hosted a half-day Internet of Things (IoT) Smart Cities Seminar in Chicago to demonstrate how IoT solutions can make a big impact on cities large and small.
From savings on power to reducing traffic to increasing security and more, Verizon's Toni Oubari, senior consultant for Verizon IoT Smart Cities, said IoT solutions can help cities do more with less. "Smart parking alone can reduce traffic by 10%," she said. "And advanced lighting not only provides illumination but light poles can become the [networked] infrastructure."
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However, all is not sweet-smelling roses in building smart cities today, and the reality is that the market is developing more slowly than anticipated because of costly integration processes, ill-defined business models, fragmented ecosystems, lack of standards and more, noted Oubari.
These challenges have led Verizon to host similar half-day seminars around the country to help educate cities and municipalities on smart city benefits -- and showcase use cases and advances as examples of progress.
For example, the Chicago seminar featured a panel with guests from Chicago's Bureau of Technology, the Cook County Bureau Chief of Economic Development and the Illinois Institute of Technology. On this panel, Simona Rollinson, CIO of Bureau of Technology in Cook County, spoke briefly about how the county is working to build an integrated justice system that links 38 data exchanges so that data can flow securely and consistently around the county.
All the panelists agreed that the key to the future economic success is for cities to provide safe and powerful broadband, and an environment where innovation can flourish and data can flow easily and quickly. "The mission here is to not let you do more, but to do more with less and reduce complexity in IoT deployments," said Oubari.
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Verizon's IoT Smart Cities Seminar covered all the key smart city benefits, from smart parking to
public safety and more.