America’s ‘first real-world smart city’ centralises management of all IoT devices


In the US state of Georgia, the city of Peachtree Corners, the ‘country’s first real-world smart city environment, has partnered with technology firm IPgallery to deploy an IoT management system.

The integrated, artificial intelligence-based smart city management system will allow city officials to operate all IoT and decentralised smart city devices from a single platform/one central control room.

The project is expected to simplify and fast-track the city’s data acquisition from smart city devices and processing to make quick decisions through actionable insights.

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The collaboration will focus on the effects of changes in certain areas – and the impact of those changes to different areas of the city.

For instance, when a crowd gathers in one area and puts more demand on the transit systems, it’s important to understand how the city can react quickly enough to meet this demand.

Brandon Branham, chief technology officer of Peachtree Corners, said: “We have data coming from a variety of devices and services across the city: from our smart parking sensors, our smart cameras, bus routes, traffic signals, environmental sensors, DSRC units in the roads to WiFi access points and everything in between.

“Over time, even more parts of our city will become connected, so it’s absolutely critical to formulate this data into actionable insights that result in our leadership team making quick, data-driven decisions for the benefit of city operations, our residents and overall safety across the municipality. Our work with IPgallery allows us to do this from just one platform, in addition to allowing us to protect our larger ecosystem from the cyber threats of the future.”