Vaccine or not, we have to now take steps to make our cities safe and rethink how our cities are operated and managed. And this certainly includes the introduction of many new use cases to make our cities smart and use advanced technologies to make their citizen’s lives better.
Which technologies will help the governments to take proactive actions against any such crises in the future? What will help them to increase the livability index of their citizens?
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Vaccine or not, we have to now rethink how our cities are operated and managed. And this certainly includes the introduction of many new use cases to make our cities smart and use advanced technologies to make their citizen’s lives better. This has become critical in times like this pandemic and will be relevant even after it. Covid-19 has accelerated the adoption of smart cities and their solutions to build resilience.
Many technologies have been in forefront in this crucial time of fighting COVID-19. What about after this pandemic? Which technologies will help the governments to take proactive actions against any such crises in the future? What will help them to increase the livability index of their citizens?
Given the proven capabilities of the established technologies like IoT, AI, ML, etc, they will continue to drive the digital transformation in our cities. However, the real difference will actually lie in the ability of the cities: administrators and all the departments deploying the required smart solutions and leveraging the advancements in these technologies.
Advancement in the current analytical solutions is highly expected: predictive, and prescriptive features will be enhanced and will assist cities in becoming proactive rather than being reactive.
The Internet of things will actually mean ‘Intelligence of things’. Machine learning algorithms and fog/edge computing will play a major role in generating and acting on actionable insights and drive automation, rather than just providing visualized data. There will also be a rise in the cognitive-first platforms that will automate data and improve the accuracy of predictions and prescriptions.
All this will enhance the performance of various use cases like remote health monitoring, health management in cities, and other smart solutions. Health management will become one of the most crucial use cases and will take a front-seat. Simple use cases like below will be deployed to avoid any such pandemic in cities:
- remote temperature monitoring systems
- real-time heatmaps of crowding in public spaces
- drones spraying disinfectants
- robots helping in maintaining social distance
Drones, new types of surveillance, and real-time dashboards are amongst the few technologies that have emerged during the coronavirus pandemic and these will continue to help the governments. Healthcare departments and city administrators have realized the importance of technologies and how the same can be used to facilitate early intervention and improve service delivery of healthcare services and therefore, they would be ready to adopt the same in day-to-day healthcare provision for the long term now.
The current COVID-19 pandemic will speed the introduction of digital technologies aimed at improving the lives of the cities.
In fact, the collaboration between cities will increase, which will in turn increase the collective intelligence approach. Networks of intelligent cities together will pool knowledge and resources about effective responses and management to situations like Coronavirus.
So many new use cases and smart solutions will be introduced and deployed in our cities in support of a complete rethink of urban life.
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