Intelligent CIO LATAM Issue 20 | Page 46

By taking a smart approach to infrastructure , Mexico will be able to use technology to effectively monitor water levels and consumption . And in the process ensure the infrastructure is in place to overcome water shortages – the modern-day equivalent to what the Romans achieved .
Despite each city having different needs , there is a specific set of characteristics that help to identify and measure its level of ‘ smartness ’. Smart Cities are based on the idea that people can live and work in the most efficient way while making the most of their resources .
Among many of its Smart Cities , Tequila , a town in Jalisco , was certified as the first Smart Tourist Destination in Mexico and Latin America .
challenges to become Smart Cities . In Mexico ’ s case , one of the key challenges is posed by widespread water shortages , which are now escalating due to the extreme temperatures caused by climate change .
For example , by collecting data on energy usage both from a personal level and within building control systems , consumption can be reduced . Combining that with managing traffic and keeping a close eye on air quality can help cities – and entire countries – hit emissions targets .
In addition , by looking at live data , measures can be taken to reduce harmful levels of air pollution , such as issuing restrictions on traffic in certain areas . Congestion can then be combated by monitoring live video streams and signalling controls to ensure cities keep moving .
Smart Cities are no longer a fantasy
Indeed , Mexico is already leading the way when it comes to Smart Cities in LATAM , with four cities – each with unique challenges – considered Intelligent Cities by the Inter-American Development Bank ( IDB ).
Smart City proposals have been raised in multiple cities in Mexico to integrate technology into urban infrastructure , aiming to improve sustainability , maximize efficiency and minimize energy usage .
Among many of its Smart Cities , Tequila , a town in Jalisco , was certified as the first Smart Tourist Destination in Mexico and Latin America .
Solar panel installation has been implemented to embrace green energy , free Wi-Fi is provided across historic centers , and Big Data systems have been put in place to generate traffic information for tourists . In addition , Queretaro is expecting full completion of the Smart City approach by 2035 , installing technologies from over 50 companies and enhancing the Digital Transformation process of the city , as well as fostering a knowledge economy .
The process of building a Smart City will always face various barriers . More attention needs to be drawn to physical security due to the increasing number of servers placed on highways or streets . To ensure Smart City functions are always running smoothly , city planners need to protect their fundamental functions and set up clear strategies .
For large cities to secure the best possible coverage , infrastructures will need to be placed appropriately and carefully throughout – this is where Edge Computing can help . Each sensor can survive a network outage or inconsistent coverage without needing a central cloud control system .
To succeed in building our cities , it ’ s vital for citizens to understand the ultimate goal of local governments is to save money , maximize productivity and boost efficiency . The key is to understand the long-term vision and each city ’ s unique infrastructure and community needs . While each city differs , Edge Computing will play a key factor in underpinning Smart Cities to ease the lives of citizens . p
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