The Future of Smart Cities and Sensors

The Future of Smart Cities and Sensors

According to a United Nation report, it is estimated that by 2050, 66% of the world’s population will live in cities. Urbanization combined with population growth will add another 2.5 billion people in 35 years.

The increasing urban population is demanding infrastructure, resources and energy at an alarming rate. How do we optimize the efficiency level of energy consumption? How do we plan out future traffic signals? How do we improve living experience for thousands of people? The concept of smart cities will be able to help us to answer these questions.

IHS defines smart cities as “cities that have deployed—or are currently piloting—the integration of information, communications and technology (ICT) solutions across three or more different functional areas of a city.”


San Jose, California : Partnering with Intel, San Jose implemented IoT Smart City Demonstration Platform to further the City’s Green Vision project launched in 2007. By installing a sensor network on air quality, sound, and microclimate, Intel is helping San Jose to build a sustainability lens for the city. Gathering data on a real time basis and analyzing that data allows the administration to make critical decisions that will improve life for its citizens.

Singapore: The state’s Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) revealed a plan last year with the goal to turn Singapore into the world’s first “Smart Nation”. One of the key features is to set up wireless hotspots for a high-speed network, allowing smart devices to switch between mobile data and Wi-Fi smoothly . There will also be a Super Wi-Fi network that can transmit data across the nation.

Wuhan, China : As the city faces the most complicated traffic conditions in China, Wuhan has been looking for a solution to its traffic problem. With help from Siemens, Wuhan has developed a sensor-powered traffic control system where automatic sensors and authorities (traffic police) are integrated together to optimize the traffic lights across the city. “By integrating the knowledge of policemen, our system deals more flexibly with the uncertainties of traffic,” said Wei Qiu, a Technical Manager at Siemens Corporate Technology in China. Furthermore, they are looking into turning the city’s 20,000 taxis into traffic data collectors to get more in-depth information on the traffic conditions across the city.

Based on IoT technology, the popularity of the smart city concept around the world will generate immense demand for electronic components. Smart cities will have an exponential impact on sensors, especially advanced sensors. Monitoring a functioning city with millions of people and objects moving at the same time requires sensors to be highly dedicated, accurate, and highly reliable. Additionally, upgrading the current technology equipment to match the requirement for a smart city network will be a big project. Basic data infrastructure, such as switches and routers for high speed Internet, will be another area where the demand will increase.

For the component distribution channel, the demand for sensor will be an opportunity for players to earn more market share and extend business opportunities with different upstream players in the supply chain. At Advanced MP Technology, our experienced global product team and resourceful network will allow us to support our customers with the best service possible.