Technology for Smart Cities: Building Blocks for Better Urban Environments
The city of the future is to become “smart”. Enrichment by intelligent technology will enable the infrastructure, transport, traffic and areas of activity which are important to residents and businesses to be automated and holistically controlled. Traffic flow management, interactive displays and terminals of all kinds for information and transactions, as well as automatic dispensing machines and automated systems are important examples. This does not require massive projects that require more and more technology and high investment costs. The focus has to be on people, and with intelligent technological measures in the right places, the smart city will become a reality.
Cities and urban functions are generally organised in small units in line with their purposes. Means of transport, traffic light controls, display systems or digital signage as well as all kinds of automatic machines and automated terminals offer a range of possibilities for monitoring and/or control. For security reasons infrastructure elements such as energy supply operate in isolation or without end-to-end networking. Their options, interfaces and also interoperability are therefore often limited. This means that monitoring and control are implemented in different ways, using a wide variety of control paths. As a result, the technical elements of a city can’t “talk to each other”. However, intelligent urban functions are a prerequisite for smart cities, for example to enable city-wide traffic flow management in the future.
The digital systems that will enrich a city in the medium term or make everyday life easier for people all need to become Internet-capable, which is achieved via routers or gateways. From this point onwards the exchange of data with systems becomes possible for higher-order purposes, e.g. traffic flow management for an entire district instead of traffic light management for a street corner. In addition, local functionalities and intelligence are added, together with remote monitoring, maintenance and control. IT protocols as a standard pave the way for comprehensive management models. An important factor here is that the router technology used has to be mature and manageable without additional input and cost.
INSYS icom offers solutions for almost every scenario and device type. While the examples mentioned are frequently used and represented via tried-and-tested standard routers and software packages, new application scenarios can also be implemented with little effort.
All INSYS icom routers with icom OS can be set up in minutes via the iRM router management function. Your entire installation can be managed conveniently and easily without additional IT knowledge.
INSYS icom’s SIM service ensures that rolled-out devices can establish an Internet connection via a wide range of mobile networks in all European countries without any effort.
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