The Ubiquitous Internet of Things: Managing Cities the Smart Way
They’re both big logistical hubs shipping millions of tons of cargo every year with thousands of trucks picking up and delivering goods every day. A logistical nightmare? Far from it. These are smart cities that are pioneering state of the art technology to manage current challenges and more importantly, to plan and build better cities for the future. These cities are thriving examples of the machine-to-machine (M2M) communication that’s at the core of the Internet of Things (IOT).
Recently SAP helped sponsor the Smart City Business Event in Recife. Top governmental officials, entrepreneurs, urban planners, architects, investors and influencers got together to plan how to meet the future needs of the population including basics like food, water, energy and education. While various stakeholders may have different visions and priorities, they all agree that technology will be their greatest ally when it comes to improvements in security, mobility, energy consumption, construction, consumer demand, sustainable use of resources, healthcare and education. Only the best technology will help cities manage the millions of devices, the billions of applications and documents, and the trillions of things that together make up the Internet of Things.
Managing smart cities, smart logistics, and smart supply chains all require three things: mobility, cloud and big data. By implementing SAP solutions and the SAP Mobile platform, another big Brazilian city is gearing up to host the next Olympic Games and World Soccer Championship the smart way. People in Rio de Janeiro can already access a Citizen Connect portal where they can upload alerts about traffic or road damage, provide feedback or access information about the weather, traffic or other topics of daily interest. “A true revolution in urban management is underway, driven by advancing technology. It’s citizenship at your fingertips,” says Heloisa Tricate, Manager of Public Affairs at SAP, who presented SAP’s innovative solutions for smart city management at the Recife event.
On the other side of the globe, another city is also dealing with urban growth the smart way. Traffic in and around the port of Hamburg has been growing at an alarming rate, but road capacity is restricted and the options for modifying the roads are limited. Europe’s second-largest container port urgently required an efficient traffic management system to continue growing.
The Hamburg Port Authority (HPA), Deutsche Telekom and SAP jointly created a logistics IT solution designed to connect port-based companies, partners and customers more closely. The “Smart Port Logistics” pilot project has resulted in a comprehensive IT platform that incorporates mobile apps and makes it possible for traffic information and port-related services to be accessed from mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. Using state-of-the-art IT processes at the port of Hamburg at a very early stage will help the city and port authorities manage logistics efficiently saving time and money for everyone.
So the IOT is everywhere where people are using mobile and cloud technology to manage their data volumes and connect the different devices, machines, and appliances needed to run their business better than ever!
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