Monitoring and coordinating actions in real time is vital for smart cities. Because they rely on a distributed infrastructure at the Edge to process the flood of data generated by sensors, the software back-end needs to automatically scale throughout the network.
Smart Cities are beginning to shift from initial pilots and projects to more wide-scale deployments. At the heart of the Smart City is the widespread deployment of IoT (Internet of Things) sensor networks, which provide a regular flow of data that allows for effective and efficient management services and assets. Typical deployment scenarios include everything from tracking buses to traffic light management, street lighting control, air quality, and refuse monitoring.
While these offer clear operational benefits for the city, the various applications also create considerable data streams, which can risk overloading networks if they are forced to remain in constant contact with Cloud-based data centers. Edge Computing differs from more traditional and centralized systems since it processes and analyzes mass data instantaneously on the collection devices themselves rather than transporting troves of data to centralized systems.
At that scale, software complexity skyrockets. Smart Computing, by Taubyte, is the vehicle for software to meet the dynamic scalability of Smart Cities.
Many cities are in the process of upgrading their streetlights from sodium to lower-power LED. With the major cost of these upgrades being the physical fitting, adding an edge appliance can provide lighting controls, and also offer a route to deploy a ubiquitous platform on which other applications can be developed.
With CCTV cameras being a critical tool in modern policing, Smart Computing can allow simple low-cost wireless IP cameras to be deployed, with footage stored locally and only accessed when required. This offers considerable backhaul cost savings.
Secure high-bandwidth messaging services running on a Smart Computing platform would be able to operate on standard smartphones or tablets, without requiring an Internet connection – providing a highly resilient system for city workers and first responders.
With IoT sensors being increasingly embedded in everything from rubbish bins to traffic lights, there is a huge amount of data being generated. By using Smart Computing, these sensors can be monitored locally, with data only being communicated centrally when there is a reading that is out of the ordinary, or a fault that needs reporting.
Taubyte platform provides a resilient network for monitoring systems such as parking meters. This allows data to be transmitted to a central hub only when required, such as in the event of a fault, and can also provide data on available parking spaces.