Digital technology is rapidly developing a virtual world that works rather quickly compared to the physical one. Though we live in this society, we almost get connected and work through our gadgets and devices. This rapid transformation is the onset of a new era that brings forth the concept of cognitive cities.
With a smartphone in every hand and every phone connected to a network, innovations with optimized communications are no distant to emerge. Here are a few examples that have marked the onset of urban changes due to advancing cognitive cities.
Connecting through GPS and servers
Google maps and satellite technology isn’t limited to the service providers and delivery freight vehicles. These days, as soon as people step out onto the streets, they check for the traffic and the street’s condition before they travel.
- Traffic management- The maps show the real-time presence of the traffic through the mobile connectivity of the people present on the streets. It is also an easy way for managing traffic or avoiding accidents as the road traffic department can get instant alerts through smart apps.
- Easy alarming system- Lately, maps allow the users to comment on the condition of the roads or the area to alert the other users of the dangers before any unfortunate mishaps. It can thus help the city maintenance departments to address the urgent repairs without any physical inspection. The probable danger spots are highlighted in color to raise alarm for attention.
Implementing smart grid technology
A smart grid is an interactive electric power supply that implements well for a developed urban society. Since the corporate and residential buildings are mostly connected to any electricity distribution node, collective data is easy to obtain.
The operating authorities can track the consumption levels, demand in any particular place or even figure out any possible faults that may emerge in the distribution lines. A quick data and analysis help even power resources distribution while maintaining better connectivity without massive breakouts.
Camera and code scanners everywhere
Digital interaction has improved the data retrieving process as direct recording systems are implemented everywhere. Starting from the platform tickets of substations to the payments of a departmental store purchase, we use several camera scanners and codes to register our data and transfer quickly.
Several times we come across feedback forms or questionnaires requesting to evaluate the services. This interaction helps the developers recognize the services preferred all around and ones that need development.
Bringing people together for a service
Active connectivity needs no introduction. Since people are constantly present online, gathering a crowd has become an easy task as notifications and messages are never missed by anyone.
Connecting through e-news reports, social media alerts, mobile messages, or emails are some of the quickest channels to gather people. Volunteering activities, fundraising campaigns, or rescue assistance are easily arranged through rapid connectivity. If not the physical presence, people can also contribute through words and funds to support a global cause.
Cognitive technologies are constantly developing along with AI and IoT development to connect man and the machines. These interactions pave the way to real-world urban innovations modifying the existing resources and their applications.