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Lamppost shines a light on smart cities

Sarah Murray

Financial Times

28 January 2015

Mark Skilton, a digital expert at PA Consulting Group, is quoted in an article in the Financial Times. The article looks at how cities are using the internet of things to increase urban efficiency.

The article goes on to talk about the use of sensors in tarmac for example, for more efficient car parking. Sensors connected by the internet of things can promote more efficiency and productivity and are cheap to install in areas that are being rebuilt.

The article highlights that the lamppost is a piece of city infrastructure that has great potential to harness the internet of things as it can be equipped with motion detectors. Given their height and connection to a power supply, they can also monitor electric meters, vehicle charging stations, traffic lights and parking spaces.

Mark explains that there are broad applications for smart technologies in cities. He sees the internet of things linking the physical world with “the cyber world of connected digital services, smart buildings, mobile citizen data and connected services”.

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