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The secrets of an IoT infrastructure with a smart city

August 06, 2018 / ANASIA D'MELLO

The growing prevalence of sensor-based Internet of Things (IoT) technology is bringing enhanced connectivity to urban landscapes worldwide. Street lights often play a key role as the catalyst for this process as they are already connected to a power source and their shape/height enables them to perform the role of an antennae for the sensor network. Other sensors can then piggy-back on the network, connecting with each lamp to send data using low-power communications. This is effectively what enables a smart city network to be developed without the authorities needing to install a new array of powered sensors across the city. The benefits extend far beyond street lights themselves. Enhanced connectivity can also be key in improving drainage systems; ensuring bridges are safe and looking after green spaces for example, says Manish Jethwa, chief technology officer, Yotta.