One silver lining in the cloud brought about by the coronavirus pandemic has been the need for cities to now implement smart controls to serve the safety needs of its citizens. Some municipalities are looking to continue to keep traffic at a minimum post-quarantine by implementing smart traffic lights, additional bike lanes, as well as accommodating more manual transportation forms such as scooters and skateboards. Additionally through the use of IoT-based location data, local authorities will have the ability to monitor public spaces to ensure that people are maintaining the required social distancing. The article that follows provides more details on some of the use cases that are being designed and that will ultimately be deployed for the foreseeable future.
As cities begin to shift out of full lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic, experts are calling for smart city tech to be at the forefront of reopening plans, to ensure people maintain social distancing while returning to a ‘normal’ way of life.
Drones, AI thermal scanning, autonomous deliveries, digital twins, and real-time location monitoring have all been deployed in some capacity to keep local services and businesses running, according to ABI Research.
Some of these may be required far into the future, as there’s no concrete timeline for a vaccine that is easily manufacturable.