An Intel-sponsored study by Juniper Research estimates that Smart Cities can give back about 125 hours to every resident every year. By implementing Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to collect and analyze data to improve public infrastructure and services, Cities can offer people a significant saving on their personal time in four key areas: mobility, healthcare, public safety and productivity.
According to the study, up to 125 hours per year could be saved if:
- implementing integrated IoT-enabled solutions to enable intelligent traffic guidance systems, smarter parking management applications, frictionless toll and parking payments – this could account for 60 hours given back every year, with additional benefits in terms of reduced air pollution and enhanced quality of life;
- supporting digital health services to create efficiencies – saving citizens about 10 hours a year – and allow more effective treatments for both patients and caregivers. Wearable apps and remote medicine applications could further reduce unnecessary visits to doctor’s offices and fasten waiting times for relevant prescriptions;
- improving public safety through connected videosurveillance systems, emergency response and law enforcement applications – with nearly 35 hours per year which smart citizens could spare;
- increasing public offices’ productivity by digitalizing processes and services, thus simplifying the interactions between municipalities, people and businesses – resulting in about 21 hours saved every year.
Are there virtuous City examples we might look at? The study found that Chicago, London, New York, San Francisco and Singapore are the world’s leading cities integrating IoT technologies and connected services. They stand out because of their cohesive efforts to connect City agencies, citizens and businesses to improve overall livability – specifically around mobility (San Francisco and Singapore), public safety (Chicago, New York and Singapore), healthcare (London and Singapore), and productivity (Chicago, London and Singapore).