The rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) has changed our expectations of the machines we use. It is estimated that by 2020, 20 billion everyday objects will be connected to the internet. Our desire for constant interconnectedness has meant we require more from our devices. However, machine to machine communication and how it will affect our cities means we require more from our public telecoms too.
Our cities will need to be smart if they are to adapt to the demands and challenges of tomorrow. The smart city agenda offers vast potential and opportunity but only if we build and upgrade our current infrastructure on our high streets across the country.
In 2017 the Government set out bold ambitions to make the UK a pioneer in new technology such as IoT and 5G. This move was welcomed by the telecoms industry. With the UK currently lagging 35th in the world behind the likes of Bulgaria and Madagascar in broadband coverage rankings, this is the type of innovation the UK needs to embrace to realise the potential of connectivity.
It is understandable why the Government is keen to capitalise on new technology such as 5G. Research by HIS Economics estimates it will enable $12.3 trillion in global economic output by 2035 and support 22 million new jobs. With download speeds up to 1,000x faster than 4G, 5G will enable the IoT applications needed to power developments in autonomous vehicles and addressing the city-planning challenges of tomorrow.
How can IoT be deployed in the smart city agenda?
The ability of the internet of things to capture, send and receive data means we are able to create an enormous well of information which can be harnessed to enhance our future cities. These future cities are now not so far away, with much of what can make

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