A cooperative effort between city governments and private enterprises is leading cities to adopt the goal of becoming “smart cities.” While the definition of a smart city depends on who you ask, the most common understanding seems to be that a smart city provides real-time monitoring and control of the infrastructure and services. Thus, smart cities should reduce energy use, reduce pollution, improve public safety, and improve quality of life for citizens and visitors.
Smart cities require vast arrays of widely distributed sensors and control devices dispersed throughout their environs. In turn, both wired and wireless networks are deployed to unite the sensors and control systems. These systems gather, store, and process data, and then widely distribute the distilled information quickly to the point(s) where the information can be acted upon or consumed. Edge computing infrastructure handles time-sensitive applications and data aggregation. In contrast, private and public cloud infrastructure provides general-purpose utility computing, big data analysis, and long-term information.
In Smart cities, remotely managed power distribution provides a means of reducing power consumption, resetting disparate hardware systems, and providing localized environmental monitoring for both the control systems and the networking hardware that make a city “smart.” This white paper explores the critical role intelligent power distribution plays in making “smart” happen.
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