IoT is the foundation of smart mobility solutions. It will help realise the future of smart transportation in the city and beyond, using its advancements to further the vision of smart mobility.
The Internet of Things has already helped pioneer solutions like low-power, low-data networking, platforms that can manage thousands of connected devices, eSIM cards, and other innovations. Asset tracking in IoT also overlaps with the needs of smart mobility, making it a transferable solution.
You can track and monitor many aspects of smart mobility and transportation the same way you can track shipments or inventory with IoT sensors, LPWAN systems, or eSIM cards. For example, you can use LPWAN technology in camera systems across a city. Because LPWAN is low power, it consumes less energy than hardwired solutions. And LPWAN is wireless, so there’s no need to physically link all the cameras in a system together, simply install, turn them on, and you’re already connected.
Deploying IoT-enabled smart mobility devices will vary from one location to the next. No two cities are the same, with varying weather, traffic, and infrastructure conditions. For example, in Reykjavik, Iceland, the city implemented a system that uses smart cameras, satellite connectivity, vehicle sensors, and connected traffic lights at intersections to give priority to emergency vehicles and public transport vehicles. These technologies combine to automatically turn traffic lights green for ambulances, fire trucks, and buses. Once these specific vehicles pass through these smart intersections, the light cycles return to normal.
Different locations will have different needs. A city that experiences heavy snow or ice storms may want to consider a smart traffic management system that can implement variable speed limits based on weather and road conditions. Areas with particularly bad air pollution can benefit from synced, ‘green wave’ traffic lights that reduce the number of times vehicles sit at red lights.
Thankfully, prepping a fleet of devices for a specific location is a challenge that IoT has already met and resolved, providing plenty of inspiration for the smart transportation sector.