Public transport emerges as the top use of IoT in cities

Connected public transport is ranked as the leading Internet of Things (IoT) use case for cities in new research from market insights and consulting firm IoT Analytics.

According to the Smart City Use Cases & Technology Adoption Report 2020 report – which is based on a survey of 50 decision-makers from cities including London, Barcelona, Dubai, Beijing, Berlin, Singapore and Washington – connected public transport has a 74 percent implementation rate.

The technology combines real-time monitoring of vehicles’ locations and routes with notifications and personalised travel updates for passengers. Advanced systems also connect public transport vehicles with traffic lights and each other, enabling smarter mobility management.

The research finds that 72 percent of cities have deployed solutions for traffic monitoring and management; water level and flood monitoring; and video surveillance and analytics. Over two-thirds (68 percent) have adopted connected streetlights.