Smart Cities were another big focus at CES 2018. There have been many advancements over the last year that are bringing this dream closer to fruition. Over 66% of the world’s population live in cities. By 2020 it is expected that over $34 billion will be spent on making our cities smart.
Large Scale Connectivity
This is connectivity on a very large scale. This year CES was set up to let you experience the entire connected ecosystem. It brings together the technologies, the solutions, and the players in the smart city sector from around the world. There were 42 exhibitors at CES that are focused on Smart City technology.
Company’s like, Hubject and Electric Loading are developers of eRoaming platforms. These are customer-friendly charging stations for electric vehicles.
The Hubject works with more than 300 partners. Its platform provides the biggest international digital B2B marketplace for services related to the charging of electric vehicles. The company has more than 55,000 charge points on three continents. These are connected to the open Hubject platform. Hubject has been connecting different market players in order to create a digital and cross-border charging network for electric vehicles.
Smart Buildings are a major component of Smart Cities. There has been a lot going on in this sector that we don’t often hear about. Major projects like Apple’s new campus, Apple Park received a lot of press and it is a poster child for smart building. But there are applications being applied to existing commercial buildings like hotels and hospitals. For example, the Wynn Hotel and Casino allows you to control your room’s environment with voice commands to Alexa. Applying this convenience technology to the hospital room makes perfect sense. This gives the patient the ability to open blinds, control lighting, and more with voice commands.
Hotspots are all over the Las Vegas strip. Public WiFi access to wireless connectivity is already in many locations throughout the world. We are on our way to having smarter cities but we have a long way to go. With the innovations we’ve seen at CES it will take a willingness of builders to consider smart applications in new construction. It will also require funding to make smart connected cities a reality. CES shows us how close we are to realizing the full potential of a smart city. In many ways, the technology is already here. We just need to commit, fund and build for the future.