Lesson 1, Topic 1
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Smart Connected Buildings

Smart homes and buildings – building management systems, lighting, heating, security systems, entertainment systems.
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The term ‘smart city’ often evokes the image of a futuristic, science fiction-type metropolis. However, at its core, a smart city is simply one that has embraced the value of data that the internet of things (IoT) brings.

By harnessing this data through machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI), it has the ability to streamline city functions such as traffic flow, crime prevention, and housing. The goal of all of this is to use technology to improve the quality of life of its citizens.

The truth is, smart cities are not a thing of the future, but a modern-day reality. In fact, they’re becoming more prevalent as the use of data obtained by IoT devices continues to grow.
Housing – One of the challenges faced by most major cities is the cost of housing.7 Simply creating more places to live isn’t enough to satisfy the real housing need though, as there’s typically an expectation around other facilities that are part and parcel of city-dwelling.

Smart cities respond to this need by taking datasets, such as traffic trends, health outcomes, unit economics, and amenities scores, and inputting them into an ML model aimed at maximising local resident happiness.
Mobility – Millions of people in cities all over the world experience congestion on their commute to work in some way or another, be it on gridlocked roads or in jam-packed trains and buses.11 Thankfully for commuters, it’s estimated that smart cities can reduce travel times by up to 20 per cent by 2025, depending on each city’s population density, what transit infrastructure is available, and commuting patterns.

In a city with high density and extensive transit, technology could give back almost 15 minutes a day to the average commuter. In a developing city with more demanding commutes, they might see a reduction of between 20 to 30 minutes per day. Regardless, all cities that employ smart technology to streamline transit systems will enjoy the benefits.
The link to the sustainability of buildings, systems and energy monitoring.

Since the Paris Accord, many cities have begun to include sustainability policies in their smart cities programmes under the slogan:  “What gets measured gets managed.” IoT sensors and AI are being utilised to manage and reduce the use of energy and carbon emissions. Many of these programmes are successfully used to quantify and monetise climate policies.

By harnessing AI-enabled weather and damage forecasting technology, they’re able to add resilience planning to their smart city initiatives. This allows them to pre-empt the occurrence of hurricanes, forest fires and other natural disasters, preventing the loss of lives and mitigating the potentially staggering financial loss associated with these events.