Implementing a smart city infrastructure can bring immense benefits across the board, offering solutions to traffic congestion issues while helping efficiently manage utilities such as water and electricity. But can such an infrastructure be affordable, particularly for small cities whose budgets are already stretched thin?
Building a smart city requires a substantial investment to allow absorption and analysis of the torrent of data streaming from sensors so that city departments as well as citizens can make use of it. Using mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) technology, however, cities can turn this challenge to their advantage.
Consider, for example, how Vodafone Spain is tackling this massive initiative, combining IBM cloud, mobile and IoT technologies to create a low-cost, pay-as-you-go cloud-based service offering called Vodafone Connected City.;