The Role of IoT in Municipal Government Communities
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The Role of IoT in Municipal Government Communities

FREMONT, CA | Wednesday, April 28, 2021

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FREMONT, CA

Smart cities may seem to be a thing of the future, but they're already there in several ways, and they're only getting smarter. Residents of some municipalities can use smartphones and other mobile devices to communicate with each other and community services due to the Internet of Things (IoT).

The IoT's future looks much more advanced since municipal governments continue to use community network data to enhance infrastructure, transportation, public safety, and quality of life.

Municipal governments have to address the task of managing an expanding range of public services on behalf of a population that wants more connected and accessible solutions in their communities.

The future of IoT in municipal government

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the technical foundation of smart cities, regardless of how easy or complex their interconnection is. Sensors in IoT-enabled devices gather data continuously, which is then distributed to a central network for analysis. IoT-connected cities need new networking connectivity, such as 5G, so that the device in the ecosystem can communicate with one another quickly and efficiently.

With 4G LTE, IoT deployments in government applications are also increasing. By connecting streetlights, new urban network platforms are being built. Smart meters and smart grids help to create modern urban energy systems. Perhaps the most crucial change has been seen in transportation and mobility, which is still transforming due to digitization, electrification, and automation.

IoT can be beneficial in use cases that involve a complex range of devices as part of public safety situational awareness. For example, a smart wall made up of IoT devices like drones and ground sensors that support security teams control sensitive areas more efficiently.

Disaster preparedness and energy and water management are also the areas where IoT is popular.

The role of 5G

5G networks have the potential to increase IoT adoption significantly. 5G is considered a backbone for developing IoT applications due to its high bandwidth, fast download rates, and low latency.

IoT devices need an internet connection to work, but Wi-Fi isn't always accessible, particularly in poorly specified areas. 4G LTE is more suitable for some IoT implementations, such as low speed and bandwidth requirements. Connecting to 5G will be needed in some cases, especially where safety is a concern.

5G networks are only being deployed in cities throughout the world, and the true capability for local governments will not be recognized until more widespread implementation occurs. But there are numerous uses of the 5G network.

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