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James Richmond

Chances are, you’ve heard of the Internet of Things (IoT) by now. But what you may not know is that this network of connected devices is also transforming our cities. Thanks to IoT sensors and data analytics, cities are becoming more sustainable, efficient, and safe. Let’s take a closer look at how the IoT is changing urban areas for the better.

Smart Streetlights

One way that cities are becoming more efficient is by implementing smart streetlights. These streetlights are equipped with sensors that can detect when there is traffic or pedestrians present. When no one is around, the lights dim or turn off completely.

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This saves energy and money, as well as reduces light pollution. In addition, some smart streetlights also have cameras that can be used for security purposes.

Smart Trash Cans

Another way that cities are becoming more efficient thanks to the IoT is by using smart trash cans. These trash cans are equipped with sensors that can detect when they need to be emptied. This prevents overflows and makes sure that the trash is taken care of in a timely manner. In addition, some smart trash cans also have compressors that can reduce the volume of waste by up to 90%.

Improving Air Quality

One of the most important ways that the IoT is transforming cities is by helping to improve air quality. There are now many different types of air quality sensors that can be placed around cities to monitor conditions in real-time.

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This data can then be used to make informed decisions about things like traffic patterns and building ventilation. As a result, cities are able to take steps to improve air quality and make it healthier for residents.

Monitoring Environmental Noise

Noise pollution is a constant issue in many of our cities. The IoT can help by monitoring environmental noise levels and providing alerts to citizens when noise levels exceed a certain threshold. This can help to improve the quality of life for citizens by allowing them to avoid noisy areas, or by prompting them to take action when noise levels become too high.

Managing Traffic and Parking

In a city, managing traffic and parking is an important task. The internet of things can help manage this. Sensors can be used to detect when a parking spot is available or when a car has left a parking spot. This information can be used to direct cars to the nearest available spot. Traffic congestion can also be managed with the help of sensors. Sensors can be used to detect when there is a traffic jam and then the information can be used to direct cars to other routes.

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Advances in industrial sensors from brand such as LibeliumEvvosEllenexSenquip and Strega are powering new possibilities.

Security and Surveillance

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The internet of things has revolutionized security and surveillance. With the ability to connect devices to the internet, security personnel can now monitor and control systems from a central location. This allows for remote surveillance of areas, access to control systems, and the ability to open and close locks, doors, and gates. Security and surveillance systems with the internet of things provide a more efficient and effective way to protect property and people.

Industrial 5G routers from PeplinkSierra Wireless and Robustel are powering new connected solutions, which are transforming security and surveillance solutions for cities.


As you can see, the IoT is having a major impact on how our cities operate. Thanks to connected devices and sensors, cities are becoming more sustainable, efficient, and safe. It’ll be exciting to see what other changes the IoT brings about in urban areas in the years to come!

And if you’re looking for a reliable provider of IoT devices and solutions, be sure to check out M2M Connectivity. We offer a wide range of IoT products and services that can help transform your city into a smart city.

How can M2M help?

  • Hardware – M2M work with leading vendors swho offer a range of supporting software and hardware packages. Browse M2M Hardware
  • Data plans and SIMs – our M2M One business offers best-in-class industrial IoT SIMs and plans on Australia and New Zealand’s largest networks
  • Services – We have teams of highly skilled engineers and support staff focused on developing services to support integration for M2M/IoT applications, and providing managed services for on-going reliable operations.