Telecoms are playing a front-line role in the smart city movement. How can they best support post-corona urban needs?
Today, telecoms are reliable connectivity partners for the smart city infrastructure — connecting people and things, enabling industry solutions. In the light of the ongoing pandemics, we believe smart-city technology will become increasingly important to, for example control movement, monitor myriad parameters, identify emerging hotspots, and allocate healthcare intelligently.
We’ve already seen smart city technologies been used to handle the situation, like in South Korea, where a smart-city data hub helped epidemiological investigators and in Madrid and elsewhere, where drones have been used to enforce quarantines. The increasing need presents a clear opportunity for telecoms to move up the value chain:
As telecoms mature and deepen their play in the smart-city space, they can transition from enablers to creators in partnership with governments, city planners, and IoT device and analytics players. Learn more by visiting the Communications section.
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