How to build a smart city using mobile technology and IoT

Industry Marketing Manager - Communications, IBM

Implementing a smart city infrastructure can bring immense benefits across the board, offering solutions to traffic congestion issues while helping efficiently manage utilities such as water and electricity. But can such an infrastructure be affordable, particularly for small cities whose budgets are already stretched thin?

Navigating budget challenges

Building a smart city requires a substantial investment to allow absorption and analysis of the torrent of data streaming from sensors so that city departments as well as citizens can make use of it. Using mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) technology, however, cities can turn this challenge to their advantage.

Consider, for example, how Vodafone Spain is tackling this massive initiative, combining IBM cloud, mobile and IoT technologies to create a low-cost, pay-as-you-go cloud-based service offering called Vodafone Connected City. Thanks to Vodafone Connected City, small cities can start using mobile and IoT technologies to connect and monitoring city infrastructure. That’s because Vodafone’s advanced mobile communications solution includes citywide sensors and a global M2M platform that allows thousands of sensors to connect with the intelligent Vodafone Connected City system, cutting implementation costs by more than 90 percent when compared with the costs of traditional smarter city programs. What’s more, by configuring this solution as a repeatable managed service offering, Vodafone Spain has created a new revenue stream.

Repeatable success

This winning combination of cloud, mobile and IoT technology can be repeated by other small cities that want to achieve big results. Take a look at the case study for more about how Vodafone Spain is transforming smaller cities into smarter cities, then visit IBM Analytics for Telecommunications to request a free workshop designed to help you accelerate your transformation.