How to implement a secure IoT platform for the smart city

Growing cities, aging infrastructure.

More people are moving to cities than ever before which places  increased demands on  public infrastructure, utilities and transportation. At the same time, city infrastructure is in a dire state of overdue maintenance and a pressing need for modernization. ASCE’s Report Card assigned a D Grade to America’s Roads and they estimate that $170B in capital investment is needed to have a positive impact.

We have a problem.

Cities need to work smarter, not harder to successfully manage the large-scale urbanization and infrastructure challenges ahead.  Emerging technologies are poised to reshape the urban experience, and they can extending the useful life of existing city infrastructure by connecting it with the 21st Century.

Connected cities, modern infrastructure

The Internet of Things (IoT) has rapidly become a familiar phrase across business, government and technology; But what does it actually mean? Can it help us out of this predicament? Is it all hype?

The hype is justified. By 2020 Gartner predicts there will be 25 billion “Things” connected to the Internet, with profound impact on our cities.

A smart city connected by Internet of Things (IoT) applications can provide real-time actionable data to government and citizens. Connecting to water pumps, parking spaces and road sensors will help cities understand and manage immediate maintenance and long-term planning. But the biggest opportunity is in creating a fundamentally new communication paradigm that opens up a city and enables collaboration between citizens, government and the infrastructure they share.

That’s great, but how can we afford to replace everything when we can’t afford to maintain what we have?
You don’t have to. The smartest innovators of IoT integrate new technologies with existing assets.

The key is to build the emerging solution upon a secure foundation. Done right, a connected public infrastructure will deliver value to the city and its citizens, enhancing the livability of our growing cities.

How to build the smart city of the future, today

At the upcoming American Public Works Association Congress from August 30th to September 2nd in Phoenix, Miovision’s CEO Kurtis McBride will be joined by Verizon Wireless to discuss  the three foundational layers of implementing a Secure IoT Platform for a Smart city, and provide a framework for evaluating the time, cost, security, and collaboration of each:

  • The Physical layer: securing connecting legacy infrastructure to modern technologies
  • The Network layer: partnering with network providers to move data in a robust and secure way
  • The Application layer: using ‘big data’ for real-world applications that will change the way we interact with cities

Together, building the smart city of the future is possible now. We don’t have to rip and replace. We just need to do it right.