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April 11, 2018

How the Wireless-Powered Internet of Things Will Make Communities Even Smarter .

Jason Johnson

By the end of 2023, there will be a jaw dropping 20 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices worldwide and by 2025 the average connected person will interact with IoT devices every 18 seconds.

The proliferation of wireless-enabled devices is transforming the IoT into the “Internet of Everything”. If you’re wondering what that means, let me explain. The term IoT was coined to label items that connect to the internet and share and receive data. Advanced IoT technologies use the data to take an informed action—like when an autonomous vehicle communicates with a connected traffic light to stop at an intersection. In the near future, more and more devices will be able to share and interpret data in this manner.

Every day, CTIA members are working toward an Internet of Things future by connecting watches, clothing, drones, cars, and more. For many, one of the most exciting areas of IoT innovation is smart community technologies.

Today, communities are testing individual wireless-enabled technologies like sensors that alert public safety officials of potential dangers, streetlights that turn off when nobody is walking by, or apps that tell drivers about available parking spots.

And with 5G on the horizon, low latency, lightning-fast speeds—up to 100 times faster than 4G—and increased capacity supporting 100x more devices will connect even more revolutionary IoT technologies.

5G will help communities:

  • Save money and be more energy efficient: advanced sensors will monitor community systems to use water and energy efficiently, predict when maintenance is needed, and use community resources on a dynamic basis.
  • Optimize traffic and reduce emissions: data-powered public transportation will move faster and go where there is demand, while autonomous vehicles will reduce congestion.
  • Enhance public safety: drones will help first responders in emergencies, weather technologies will alert residents to weather emergencies and recommend a path to safety, and city managers will use advanced data to better monitor conditions and plan improvements.

It’s clear that 5G will play a major role in modernizing community infrastructure and systems to meet the needs of Americans in cities and towns across the country.

5G Impact | Smart Communities: By the Numbers

  • Up to $2 Trillion: Predicted consumer benefits of smart grid adoption over next 20 years
  • $160 Billion: Estimated savings and benefits for communities, due to 5G-generated reductions in energy use, fuel costs and traffic congestion
  • $1 Billion: Potential savings in the U.S. from smart lighting systems assisted by 5G
  • 21,700: Estimated lives saved per year if 90% of cars on the road are self-driving
  • 40%: Predicted reduction in traffic congestion for a community by using a 5G traffic management system
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