June 16, 2017

Driving Smart Communities Forward: Drones, Automation, IoMT & Smart Buildings

At Verizon, we believe smart communities, powered by emerging technology, are the future. As our cities, counties, campuses, and corporate facilities accommodate a growing population, we’ll continue to face challenges related to sustainability and strained resources. From energy management to intelligent transportation, we’ve begun to see how technologies like IoT and connected machines are enabling our communities to use resources more efficiently and improve processes. As a market sector, smart communities is seeing tremendous visibility and growth. I spoke with PrecisionHawk, Renovo, Veniam and Verdigris on what’s ahead in the evolution of smart communities.

“We are already seeing the effects of drone technology and how it’s improving sustainability in foundational industries like agriculture, transportation and construction. Limiting the usage of agricultural chemicals, while producing healthier food for the growing population, will significantly increase global sustainability on several metrics. By replacing large diesel trucks (that traverse many miles and only deliver small packages) with electric drone technology, this will cut emissions and minimize greenhouse gas creation. By capturing a better understanding of the environment around us, we can ensure that additional construction developments are done responsibly and with minimal impact. When thinking about the comprehensive shift drones can introduce for these industries, it is obvious that this technology will help us to pave the path towards a more sustainable future (Click to Tweet).

- Michael Chasen, CEO of PrecisionHawk

The future of transportation is undoubtedly automated (Click to Tweet). Parking difficulties, idling engines and wasted fuel will go the way of dumb phones and dial-up. The many benefits to environmental sustainability are obvious and most people admittedly want this technology in their lives. As safety concerns shrink, the real challenge to adoption will be carried by big companies like Waymo and Tesla who will have to invest in the physical cars and infrastructure to make the system work. The future is coming faster than we think.”

- Christopher Heiser, Co-founder and CEO of Renovo

"One of the great promises of the Internet of Moving Things is what happens when all vehicles and mobile assets at street level start talking to each other, to the built infrastructure and with us. The first wave of this evolution is emerging with mesh connected fleets of buses, trucks and taxis, soon to be followed by first-generation autonomous vehicles, and the disruptive mobile-data networks they will depend on each and every moment they are out on the road. When every moving thing becomes a valuable node, huge possibilities open up: smarter, safer, cleaner, and more sustainable cities, made more intelligent by the collective wisdom of autonomous vehicles that are a lot more than machines that drive themselves (Click to Tweet)."

- João Barros, Founder and CEO of Veniam

“Too often the idea of ‘sustainable buildings’ is conflated with trends in design and materials, but there is so much more involved. Verdigris helps us understand how buildings consume energy at the most granular level (Click to Tweet). This data drives smarter decisions for facilities managers, optimizes energy consumption and creates truly sustainable built environments. ”

- Mark Chung, Co-founder and CEO of Verdigris

Indeed, data and connectivity play a major role in making key decisions to realize a smart city. The challenge is to identify the most effective solutions from a breadth of technologies and vendors while taking a holistic approach to ensure interoperability for community managers. As technology innovations continue to prove impactful use cases in our communities, we’ll gradually see a smarter use of resources to drive sustainable communities forward.

Tags: Daniel Chui , Smart Cities , Veniam , PrecisionHawk , Verdigris , Green Tech , Renovo