Smart Cities Are the Future
With the rise of COVID-19, many countries are realizing how a smart city framework could help ease the spread and control of the pandemic. For example, sensors to track contacts and monitor those under quarantine have helped keep the spread under control in places like South Korea.
So, if a connected, responsive, data-driven city can help improve people’s health and well being – why don’t we have this tech everywhere? The answer: it’s hard to do.
Why Are Smart Cities Hard?
First, you need to note that a smart city is a system of systems. For instance, you have assets (let’s say cars or temperature tracking cameras) and those assets need to be able to run updatable software to make them ‘smart’ and then connected to individual systems. All of these individual systems are incredibly complex systems to build and, to make a true smart city, the many individual systems also need to be interconnected, which makes it even harder.
Plus, remember, there are lots of different applications of these interconnected systems: from economic development and civic engagement to sustainable urban planning or intelligent transportation. You might want to target data-driven public safety or focus on resilient energy and infrastructure. It can be challenging to address all these different use cases.
Thankfully, TIBCO has the capabilities to enable the smart cities of the future, with solutions that can:
- Seamlessly connect systems and application sources all the way out to the edge where data is collected on IoT devices.
- Unify disparate datasets, both static and real-time, so you have well controlled access to trusted, well-governed data.
- Use that data to confidently predict outcomes with real-time data-driven machine learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI)I.
TIBCO provides all these capabilities and is already powering smart city components around the world. Let’s look at some examples in just one area: intelligent transportation.
Making Intelligent Transportation Possible
In the intelligent transportation realm, TIBCO is helping CargoSmart look at over 5500 vessels using visual analytics and data science capabilities to optimize their journeys to save fuel and manage arrival times. As a result, CargoSmart developed a vessel speed and route monitoring application that analyzes the vessel’s speed and distance against a complex variety of factors. The application has helped ocean carriers reduce fuel consumption by up to 3.5% over the past two years.
Another great example comes from an Australian Capital city that used TIBCO for a quick win pilot to track real-time car park occupancy and notifications as well as car park optimization and parking anomaly detection. These solutions are, more and more, being powered by data science, AI, and Machine Learning that is able to recognize moving objects – such as cars – and then use that to track traffic going into, or out of, different places such as car parks. Staff from the TIBCO office in Sydney, Australia, recently demonstrated just how that might work using a public webcam looking out on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
One last example is seen in how Aeroporti di Roma uses TIBCO to integrate and correlate all its information sources, in order to effectively analyze passenger flow & behavior, improve customer experience, and support operational awareness to better mitigate problems. In 2018 and 2019 Rome Airport won EUROPE Best Airport Award in the ‘over 25 million passengers’ category.
To learn more about how TIBCO is enabling cities of the future and how these capabilities can help your business, please download the How to Build a Smart City & Smart Nation whitepaper, watch the “How to Build a Smart City in 40 Minutes (or Less)” on-demand webinar or contact us today.