Recently in a blog post we discussed the difference between 3G, 4G, and 5G and what the impact would be with old generations phasing out and 5G phasing in. We discussed how 5G is on the horizon and how it will come to all kinds of advancements in technology. One of the biggest innovations we will see with the use of 5G is smart cities. According to TechTarget, a smart city is a municipality that uses information and communication technologies, like kiosk connectivity, to increase operational efficiency, share information with the public and improve both the quality of government services and citizen welfare.
Kiosks, buildings, and vehicles are already sharing data about traffic management, optimal energy use, and real-time info for residents and organizations. Cities are incorporating smart elements into their existing infrastructures and 5G will expedite the process, giving people a better urban living experience.
An integral part of smart cities will be unattended IoT kiosks that will share, store, and utilize data. This means their connectivity will have to be reliable and fast in order to handle the transfer of information in such a way that it is useful. So, what will these kiosks do exactly and why do they need advanced connectivity?
Well, the fact is that they can have multiple functions, but one of the most intriguing applications for today’s smart city plans is traffic management kiosks. These are kiosks that can process cashless payments, display real-time information and incorporate sensors that detect traffic activity.
These kiosks will be able to transmit real-time data to mobile networks to alert motorists of traffic conditions and available parking space, both on-street and off, along with parking rates based on the demand at that particular time. They will also be performing multiple functions frequently and will need to be able to communicate with one another.
In order for these kiosks to perform their multiple functions, they are going to need connectivity to power them. Seamless kiosk connectivity is more important now than ever as technology continues to evolve.
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