Disruption: How the Internet of Things will Revolutionize Cities (Part 3)
The Internet of Things is poised to disrupt multiple industries in the future as the centralized computing paradigm gives way to distributed, data-rich systems. In this series of weekly posts, we will explore how the Internet of Things will change a particular sector, why it’s needed, the trends and drivers, and the outlook going forward. This week, we conclude this topic and this series of posts with a look at how the Internet of Things will change a smart city support services. In order to meet the needs of citizens, cities put services in place to ensure that they can be productive workers as well as be able to support themselves and their families. Some of these challenges may not be well supported through the Internet of Things but arguably the most valuable services a city provides can benefit citizens and continue to push the human race forward into the future.
Providing streamlined health care services is critical to ensuring a citizen is able to continue to produce while also enhancing our knowledge and capabilities in delivering quality medical care. In order to make this a reality, secure communications, and information sharing are critical. The Internet of Things can make it possible to implement patient-centered care through asset management and maintenance. Using sensors, analytics, and systems hospitals can ensure the seamless transition between different phases of care when a patient enters a hospital. From checking in to discharge, data will continuously be gathered to ensure the quality of care and excellent patient outcomes from validating proper administration of medications to maintaining clean and secure facilities to prevent infections and readmission.
Let’s face it, our education system is outdated and needs new ideas and technology to ensure students are trained and prepared to work in the new industries and economic environments that exist today. The greatest threat to providing a good education to students is an administrative cost. As we have seen in previous posts, the Internet of Things can improve efficiency and reduce costs through smart, sensor-based security systems, energy management solutions with sensors, and collect and monitor operational data across a campus. This data, married with analytics, can drastically improve the efficiency of schools and transportation systems, ensure school safety, and generate enormous cost savings that could otherwise be used to facilitate programs such as athletics, the arts, and technical and vocational training.
The Internet of Things is going to change the world as we know it forever. Just as the personal computer, the internet, and mobile devices have caused great shifts in our behaviors and our capabilities, the Internet of Things will usher in a new age where information isn’t just available at will, it has context and meaning and is actionable. We are moving out of the information age and into the connected age, and human history will never look the same again. It has been a pleasure to write about the Internet of Things for Burada. I would like to thank Daniel and Zhaodi for this opportunity to share my thoughts and ideas about how the world will change and to you for reading.
Imran Charania is a technology entrepreneur and an Internet of Things product development consultant. He was previously the Founder, CEO, and Chief Architect at Cirkyt Technologies, Inc. where he developed technology to create hybrid mechanical smartwatches. He is also a graduate of Texas Tech University with a degree in Computer Engineering. Imran is a fan of the Philadelphia 76ers as well as his hometown Dallas Cowboys.
Imran can be reached for comments or questions on Twitter @imran_charania.