Wireless makes cities smarter
Wireless connectivity will go from something citizens experience through personal devices, to an integrated infrastructure of buildings, transport and utilities, providing benefits for citizens, businesses and cities, according to the Smart Cities 2018 report from O2.
In fact, each UK household will be £450 better off per year thanks to the rollout of 5G networks. Some £145 will be shaved off energy bills through super-smart grids while council bills will be £66 cheaper thanks to connected refuse collection, plus those oft-mentioned smart fridge shelves will allow food waste to be cut by £236 a year.
Local authorities will collectively share an annual £2.8bn of efficiency savings, from reduced social care costs for the elderly via 5G monitoring, to savings through smarter street lighting. Waiting times for doctors appointments can fall, as 1.1m hours of GP time is freed up through telehealth.
That means a total of £6bn in productivity savings – time and cost – for cities.
“Our report shows how 5G will tackle some of the biggest issues we face – whether improving our health and social care, reducing traffic congestion and overcrowding on our city transport systems, or helping combat issues like fuel poverty or powering a nation of electric vehicles,” says the report.