Will The IoT And Connected Devices Make Cities Safer And Smarter?
Cities across the globe are implementing new technologies to make their cities smarter and safer. New York City has installed sensors that can recognize gunshots and notify the police. Paris, Oslo, and Hong Kong have installed huge moss-filled statues that soak up the air pollution. Detroit has come up with internet-connected traffic signals which help the emergency vehicles to get smooth passage with green lights. Boston has developed an app which lets the people report blocked drains, burned out street lights, potholes, and other problems.
Though the approach in every city varies, the one that remains the same everywhere is these smart devices need a network to connect them. 5G connectivity is anticipated to connect everything from air quality sensors and traffic signals to police patrol cars. Since the number of connected devices will increase, there will also be a rise in the security threats.
There are three essential pillars to securing IoT data: securing the devices where data is collected, securing the cloud where it is sent and securing lifecycle management of the various components.
Strong authentication is required for identity management. What we need to remember is that without proper security measures in place, the benefits can easily and quickly turn into threats.
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