From Smart Homes to Smart Cities

In an article for Smart Cities Dive, Navigant Research explains how connected homes can lead to connected communities and possibly larger smart city programs

The Internet of Things (IoT) market for the residential sector is on the rise as consumers become familiar with the benefits of being able to control and monitor smart devices in the home. And according to Paige Leuschner, research analyst with Navigant Research, this is just the first part of a digital journey expected to connect homes to neighborhoods, and neighborhoods to cities.

“With the development of connected ecosystems and the maturation of communicating technologies, the home is becoming a stepping stone toward creating a smarter world,” Leuschner wrote in an article for Smart Cities Dive.

Once a connected infrastructure is established within a home, she said, IoT applications can bridge to neighborhoods, and from there they can plug in to larger smart city programs. The insights gathered from IoT frameworks can enable a variety of initiatives capable of increasing efficiencies and delivering benefits to various stakeholders.

Examples

  • Better waste management by tracking the capacity of recycling and waste bins at home
  • Traffic management by optimizing a resident’s commute based on sensors monitoring traffic flow
  • Healthcare operations by connecting information from home monitoring tools directly to healthcare professionals

Leuschner notes that the convenience connectivity brings to the residential sector is also part of a larger picture, the Energy Cloud, which is enabled through the data, monitoring, and control capabilities provided by IoT networks established throughout smart grids, smart cities, and smart homes.

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