Smart cities can potentially save residents up to 125 hours every year, according to a study conducted by Juniper Research for Intel.
The research shows that gains can be made in areas such as reduced traffic congestion, better healthcare and quality of life, improved productivity, and improved public safety.
The report, entitled ‘Smart Cities, what's in it for citizens?' identifies Chicago, London, New York, San Francisco and Singapore, as the world's leading cities integrating IoT technologies and connected services. These cities stand out because of their cohesive efforts to connect city municipalities, businesses and their citizens to address a growing need to improve ‘liveability'.
"Analysts tend to focus on the technical underpinnings of building a data-centric world," says Windsor Holden, head of forecasting and consultancy at Juniper Research. "We can't overlook the importance of the real human benefits that smart cities have. Connected communities, municipal services and processes have a powerful impact on a citizen's quality of life."
The study shows that drivers could overcome traffic congestion and parking issues and get back up to 60 hours a year through IoT-enabled intelligent traffic systems, directed parking, and frictionless toll and parking payments.
Connected digital health services can return 10 hours per year through better prevention through smart monitoring, and more efficient delivery of healthcare through solutions such as telemedicine.
More efficient administration and delivery of city and government services can save 21 hours, while enhanced public safety can result in reduction of violent crime, saving nearly 35 hours per year.
"Cities are engines of economic activity, and we as an industry need to make them more resilient and responsive," says Sameer Sharma, global general manager of smart cities IoT solutions at Intel. "Partnerships between city planners, government officials, private companies, OEMs, software developers and startups are creating smart city ecosystems that will empower citizens while reducing our carbon footprint."