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Internet of Things 'to drive smart cities boom' - Network Cables

The number of 'connected things' hooked up to networks in smart cities will reach 1.1 billion in 2015, and soar to 9.7 billion by 2020, it has been predicted.

IT analyst Gartner expects to see an explosion in the use of Internet of Things (IoT) devices over the coming years, as connectivity improves and investment in urban buildings increases.

The firm believes smart homes and commercial buildings will represent 45 per cent of total connected things in use in 2015, due to investment and service opportunity.

This figure is predicted to rise to 81 per cent by the end of the decade.

According to Gartner, smart cities are urbanised areas where multiple sectors co-operate to achieve sustainable outcomes through the analysis of contextual, real-time information, shared among sector-specific information and operational technology systems.

Bettina Tratz-Ryan, research vice-president at Gartner, said these cities represent "a great revenue opportunity" for technology and services providers (TSPs).

However, she claimed TSPs need to start to plan, engage and position their offerings now.

"The majority of IoT spending for smart cities will come from the private sector," Ms Tratz-Ryan suggested.

She said this is "good news" for TSPs as the private sector has shorter and more succinct procurement cycles than public sectors and cities."

In terms of residential homes, connected things will include smart LED lighting, healthcare monitoring, smart locks and various sensors - for instance, motion detection and carbon monoxide.

Ms Tratz-Ryan predicted the home will move from being interconnected, to become information- and smart-enabled.

It will be underpinned by an integrated services environment that not only provides value to the home, but also creates individual-driven ambience, she claimed.

"The home will become the personal space that provides assistance or personal concierge experiences to the individual," she stated.

Other IoT investments in smart cities will include off-street parking guidance, road traffic guidance and traffic flow metering, Gartner predicted.

"We expect commercial IoT implementations to be used across multiple industries, such as smart energy, environmental service or journey planning, which will offer TSPs the opportunity to monetise IoT by building IoT-related service models," Ms Tratz-Ryan added.

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