Smart cities make life easier for everyone in the city, especially the city government. Remote access to all events requiring on-site inspection or intervention reduces the workload of IT professionals and enables them to focus on other tasks, increases their efficiency, and makes it easy for people to benefit from immediate solutions in many different situations across the city.
On the other hand, it should also be noted that smart cities are a necessity considering the current situation in the world. According to the 2018 study titled World Urbanization Prospects by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the urban population will account for 68% of the world's population by 2050. This shows that the transition into the smart city model is an essential necessity for the sustainability of infrastructure in cities.
The central concept for building and developing smart cities is the same as the concept at the heart of the 21st century: Big Data. City governments receive an endless pile of data out of city residents. City organizations like municipalities being able to access this pile of data in real-time also provides a unique opportunity to improve service quality. With regards to service quality, issues such as creating effective human rights policies, social communities, alleviating transportation problems, and improving environmental quality can be considered.
It is worth highlighting that the main component of smart cities driven by many different technologies such as cloud computing, Big Data analytics, and IoT, is network monitoring. Network monitoring, which provides round-the-clock monitoring of smart city networks and all technical elements of the networks, makes it possible to immediately detect any issues related to the network infrastructure with the help of real-time monitoring. In addition, the interventions carried out by the relevant authorities based on the immediate detection of faults play an essential role in eliminating the factors that negatively affect the quality of life in the city.
Smart cities should not only be considered as a system that ensures the safety and comfort of their citizens. This is because smart cities should be built to both increase efficiency today and provide sustainability for the future. In this regard, the creation of a transparent roadmap for all stakeholders in the city is essential.
A smart city IT infrastructure should have the capacity to connect and integrate with each other aspects such as transportation systems, public systems, security infrastructure, smart street lighting, traffic lights, water supply, and video surveillance. The path to this capacity is through a successful network monitoring system.
These systems, known as the Network Monitoring System (NMS), enable the monitoring and control of unified networks accessible to everyone in the city and provide uninterrupted access to all services for everyone in the city. The two-way improvement in accessibility helps close the digital divide between different social and economic groups in the city and provides benefits that can improve the city's overall economy.
In addition, smart cities, which means an extensive network connected with IoT devices, also require a successful network monitoring system as it enables the spread of technology across large areas. An advanced network monitoring systems helps make the city's IT infrastructure more efficient and reduces costs. This is because the system monitors equipment that monitors traffic, weather, air pollution levels, and CCTV services, detects faults, and provides the advantage of timely intervention, thus minimizing disruption.
NMS helps prevent interruptions in the flow of services between central government and citizens and is also very effective in ensuring public safety thanks to its continuous monitoring function. Network monitoring systems provide constant monitoring and enable the interception of security breaches within a short period. At this point, it should be stressed that it is necessary to ensure that the employed network monitoring systems fully comply with the relevant legal provisions related to the protection of personal data, privacy, and the ethical dimension of monitoring.
A network monitoring system that can functionally activate the entire IT infrastructure of a smart city and integrate different network elements offers significant advantages in managing the flow of information. It is possible to consider the benefits of the relevant systems for smart cities in terms of different points:
Having discussed a network monitoring system in general and the benefits, let us now examine in detail the features of our product Single Monitor.
The features of Single Monitor, make it perfect for smart cities. Single Monitor, which provides automated management of network elements and 24/7 control of all components, can quickly meet all the requirements of smart cities thanks to its various functions.
The following features of Single Monitor can significantly ease the management of smart cities:
If you want to deploy an NMS to improve the performance and efficiency of smart cities and prevent interruptions, you can investigate Single Monitor. With Single Monitor, you can ensure an advanced network monitoring system with outstanding features and you can monitor urban networks end-to-end.
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