Edge and 5G used to create digital cities for better quality of life.
Edge and 5G-based networks are being employed to lay the groundwork for tomorrow’s generation of digital cities. More people across the globe are living in urban areas than ever before, and these numbers keep rising. This means growing traffic jams, increasing roadside deaths and injuries, and more pollution. Technologies such as edge computing, 5G, data management, artificial intelligence (AI), cybersecurity, and agile application architectures are creating opportunities for city planners and administrators to develop powerful new capabilities to deliver services more efficiently and effectively.
A digital city approach to mobility will help assure the availability of 24×7 streaming video and data feeds of high-traffic zones, as well as the performance of light rail, buses, and other transit systems. For road safety and enforcement, “law enforcement must monitor and detect violations at traffic intersections and on highways with a system which automatically captures an image of the vehicle that violates the rules.”
A robust IT infrastructure, a highly integrated architecture, and a consolidated transport operations center are necessary elements to provide the capabilities needed for digital cities. A digital city IT infrastructure is an extremely busy one, working around the clock, with a vast array of video and data feeds from many locations and vehicles. Video management and video analytics systems need to combine distributed security or business monitoring systems “into a single federated architecture that can support hierarchical information flow and scaling.” Cities need a centralized monitoring capability that brings together all this information where administrators can make decisions.
Edge and 5G-based networks are paving the way for the next generation of digital cities. These technologies are creating opportunities to develop powerful new capabilities to deliver services more efficiently and effectively. Robust IT infrastructures, highly integrated architectures, and consolidated transport operations centers are essential elements to provide the necessary capabilities for digital cities. With these technologies, cities can better manage and ensure a better quality of life within these growing megacities.