IOT SERIES: How to Build Smart Cities

Editor: Albert

In recent years, with the development of science and technology, industries, businesses, and academia are putting effort in developing Internet of Things (IoT). Here are the reasons that the whole world is putting effort in IOT R&D!

What is IoT?

Internet of Things (IoT), as its name suggests, connects everyday objects through the Internet. It is currently used in logistics, transportation, households, and retail business. Due to the rapid development of the cloud and the Internet, devices can be remotely controlled over the Internet. In addition, data can be transferred to the cloud instantly, where users can have access to.

For instance, if a vending machine is not working or products are sold out, instant notifications can be sent to manufacturers to take productive action to fix the issue. Another instance of IoT application is a smart watch, which monitors the user’s health conditions.

The internet of things applies self-driving car.

AI Joins Hands with IoT

In 2017, artificial intelligence (AI) made up the lack of computing capacity in IoT technology and thus made IoT framework more complete. Users can analyze big data through AI and apply machine learning algorithms to create a more comprehensive IoT network.

When it comes to IoT, many people think of Ayla Networks, an IoT cloud platform. The platform’s co-founder, Phillip Chang, mentioned that IoT is still in its infant stage of development, and investors all have a very positive outlook for it. It is believed that the number of devices connected to the Internet in the future will far exceed the current population. It is possible that 1 mobile phone can connect 20 IoT devices, including coffee machines, smart glasses, self-driving cars, sweeping robots, and basically everything over the Internet.

Robert vacuum cleaner.

E-paper Application in Taiwan

At present, electronic paper technology is more advanced, and IoT is the unsung hero behind this success. Power saving is one of the main features of IoT applications, which therefore highlights the advantages of electronic paper displays. E-paper displays only consume low power and have long standby time, they can be read in direct sunlight. Yu Liang, senior manager of product marketing of E Ink, mentioned that an IoT device requires not only sensors but also an interface for users to operate the device. Therefore, e-paper is no doubt the best interface that brings machines and humans closer to each other.

In recent years, Taiwan has gradually focused on building smart cities, and there are testing sites for smart bus stations already. Taipei City and New Taipei City are working together to set up smart bus stations by combining solar power system and e-paper technology that features low power consumption. In this way, some bus stations can still function well without connecting to the local power grid.

Smart bus stations by combining solar power system and e-paper technology.

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