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Open wireless standards could save smart cities 30 percent on tech costs

Matt Hamblen | May 6, 2016
OneM2M standard is now being used in a UK field trial.

With a OneM2M approach, a smart parking app could have "true international status for the rollout of that technology," Carlton added.

The report also describes the OneTransport field trial in the UK, which is smart application of transportation data that relies on the OneM2M standard. It aims to integrate diverse transport information systems across multiple counties. That would allow users to plan trips usiong trains and buses while also giving transportation planners access to real-time information to help run their networks more efficiently.

There is also a case study of Santander, Spain, a city of 180,000 residents, where a "city brain" is being used to manage services like traffic, streetlights and waste collection and to monitor pollution and noise. The city uses 2,000 sensors mounted on the tops of buses, garbage trucks and other city vehicles. Smart parking magnetic resonance sensors there communicate via the Zigbee short-range wireless protocol.


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