If you enjoy sci-fi movies and books, you may take the view that technology is almost set to take over the human race. Okay, that’s hyperbolic (or at least we hope so)! On a serious note, we often view advances in technology as something that creates a distance between people (looking at you looking at your phone all the time!), but it’s not all black and white. We may not have flying taxis yet, but technology is constantly evolving to make our lives better inside and outside our homes. Let’s look at a few ways that technology has made inroads into public infrastructure.
1. Connectivity and Safety on Public Transport
Some of us are old enough to remember a time when an entertainment on public transport meant gazing listlessly out of the window. That has changed with technology such as the NetCloud service from Cradlepoint. From providing passengers with reliable Wi-Fi to onboard cameras that assist with public safety, technology has drastically changed our experience on the road. Add to this the efficiency that public infrastructure has witnessed by simply being able to analyze and anticipate the flow of traffic, the surge in demand, and expected supply. By being connected to NetCloud services and wireless routers, public transportation agencies can leverage technology to deliver a smoother and safer transit experience.
2. Putting Existing Road Infrastructure to More Work
Have you ever looked at a piece of construction and wondered how it could be put to better use? Smart urban planners and designers must often ask this of themselves. While cities are becoming more congested, the public desire for smart infrastructure is becoming more apparent. Smart poles on city streets are an example of smart infrastructure. When you have a tall pole on a street corner, why use it simply to manage pedestrian traffic on crosswalks? Put it to use as a parking meter, use it as street lighting, or even deploy it as a spot to install a telephone to connect with emergency services. Technology companies like Antaira are helping cities execute on things like these smart poles by assisting with network design and helping local officials adjust to meet network expansion requirements.
3. Using Technology to Reduce Traffic Congestion on Roads
Limited infrastructure capabilities combined with ever-growing urbanization means traffic congestion seems to keep getting worse. At the same time, cities are trying to make mobility more accessible for more people. One critical way that city planners envision reducing traffic congestion while increasing mobility options is to move away from traditional, gasoline-powered cars and toward electric vehicles and shuttles. You have surely witnessed people zooming by on dockless bikes and scooters, hopping into shared taxis, and maybe walking the last mile to work. Technological developments have led us to imagine, and act upon, a future that doesn’t rely on a single mode of transportation. Instead, we can now envision stitching together a more economical and environmentally-friendly mobility plan using different modes of transportation that are all at our fingertips.
From agriculture to health care, technology is continuously pushing the boundaries of our imagination and action. With more focus on smart urban planning, we can look to the future with the hope that this increased use of technology to improve transportation in cities will bear fruit.
Author’s bio: Lauryn Pleva is a Junior Content Writer for Boxwood Digital, an Ecommerce SEO agency in Lakewood, Colorado. When she’s not writing, Lauryn enjoys exploring the many outdoor experiences Colorado has to offer.