Smart Cities make life easier for city management teams. Things that used to require an on-field inspection can now be done remotely from a comfortable office desk. Numerous tasks are being done automatically without requiring an IT specialist’s attention and time. All this contributes to better time and city infrastructure management.
Smart City development costs will triple in the next 5 years(as ofa 2015 report), up to 1.135 trillion dollars in 2019, compared to the previously mentioned 311 billion dollars in 2014. Such a rapid pace of development puts a lot of pressure on the software tools used to manage and monitor these cities. Software developers must push their limits to bring the best, most intuitive, capable, and reliable software as a result.
Significance of Network Monitoring
To entice and retain people and ensure the safety of residents, smart cities should implement a smart technology backbone to make sure that it isn’t just suitable for the current capacity needs but also to deliver a transparent, sustainable roadmap for the future that’ll improve smart city life over the years to come. It should have the potential to interconnect and support municipal services such as smart street lights, traffic systems, public safety systems, electricity services, CCTV cameras, and water services through a smart network.
While this network infrastructure addresses the digital divide of residents and creates social benefits that can ultimately improve the overall economy, IT infrastructure plays a key role in smart city projects. Thus managing and monitoring it makes it even more crucial.
However, with an inefficient overlooked network management system, municipalities might face difficulties to deliver on the promise of keeping everyone connected and smart city systems humming.
Ultimately, the smart infrastructure should ideally be a network of networks with the best-of-breed smart technology with unified network management, giving visibility, reducing costs, and enabling a reliable network infrastructure service and operations.
Significance of Network Management System
With all of these IT infrastructure elements in play, the glue that enables a smart city is a network management software that can integrate with disparate network elements and allows information flow between the systems.
The benefits of a unified network monitoring software include:
- Ensure data-sharing across disparate network elements and platforms;
- Improved IT services efficiency by allowing information flow across systems;
- Enhanced cybersecurity with log management and vigilant system
- Ensure public safety by monitoring CCTV/ video/ any surveillance solutions;
- Maximize availability of IT services through a reliable IT infrastructure; and
- Reduce operational costs through smart infrastructure monitoring and management.
Smart-city initiatives by the Ministry of Urban Development turn municipalities into the smartly networked organisms for the future, bring new opportunities, and foster collaboration between local government bodies and the city residents. The smart IT infrastructure choices that we make impact the connection between all networks and applications, while it allows better and holistic management, scalability, and capacity control.
Smart cities can improve quality of life, making municipal services more reliable, efficient, and promotes job opportunities — everything while reducing IT operational costs.