It’s no secret that technology can make our lives easier in a variety of ways, and that rings true not just on an individual level but on a larger scale as well. Cities that adopt smart technologies in their infrastructure improve some measures of quality of life for residents by as much as 30 percent, according to a report from the McKinsey Global Institute.
‘Smart cities’ are municipalities, of which there are now hundreds around the world, that harness technology and data to improve quality of life infrastructure for citizens.
Learnings from smart cities allow us to push the boundaries of how the networks of the future can be used to scale and support solutions and services. Cox Communications offers ecosystems of smart solutions that can improve several key quality of life indicators, including:
- time efficiency. Smart city technologies can shorten commutes and make parking less frustrating. Getting real-time information about delays allows drivers to spontaneously adjust their routes as needed. Additionally, integrating smart traffic management tools and adding sensors to existing traffic infrastructure can help address travel-related issues before they affect traffic and cause significant delays.
- Ambient. As urbanization continues to grow, our environment takes a bigger hit. Smart cities integrate solutions to manage the use of electricity and water, as well as to identify the causes of pollution, with safety and conservation as a priority.
- Public security. The implementation of smart technologies for public safety purposes can have a profound impact on the peace of mind of residents. With smart technology, city operators can use data to optimize emergency response times, reduce crime incidents, and better allocate public safety resources.
Additional quality of life indicators that can be improved by smart city technologies are job availability, cost of living, social connectedness and even public health, according to the report. But even advanced smart cities have a long way to go to reach optimal potential.
Partnering with Cox Smart Communities provides access to our proven track record of implementing innovative technology, along with the experience of our network experts in designing, building and maintaining smart infrastructure. Cox collaborates with local leaders and officials to drive smart community development, using real-time data from the latest technology to create smart traffic and parking management, public safety and smart utility management that is sustainable and benefit both city operators and citizens.
Over the past 10 years, Cox has invested more than $19 billion in product and network upgrades to deliver some of the most powerful TV, phone, high-speed Internet and home security and automation services, as well as a suite of increasing number of commercial offers. such as its cloud and edge services. And by 2022, Cox has committed to a multi-million dollar annual investment to enable symmetric multi-gigabit speeds to customers. These investments have laid the foundation for the smart cities of today and the smart cities of the future.
Chanelle Hawken is Vice President of Public and Government Affairs for Cox Communications in California.
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