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​ Role of Cloud Computing in Making Cities Smart

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  • ​ Role of Cloud Computing in Making Cities Smart

    Cloud computing has become mature and pervasive. It is driven by the force to provide on-demand resources from the pool of virtualized resources. It helps to tackle elasticity and scalability for large-scale computational tasks. Therefore, it will be very interesting to note how cloud computing can be deployed in other emerging areas particularly, smart cities.
    Smart cities encompass services in diverse business and technological domains. With such services, domain-specific application requirements drive all system-component design and determine most technical choices, ranging from sensors and smart devices to middleware components and computing infrastructure. Most of these services are delivered through domain-specific, tightly coupled systems provided by specific vendors, which involve limited scalability and extensibility. To ensure a quality standard of living in the cities, Internet of things (IoT) application has also been deployed. However, with the increasing number of devices and information, it is now becoming increasingly difficult to depend on IoT to manage things in the internet space with a similar degree of ease.

    As a result, cloud-based technologies have given preferences over the existing one and IoT has been replaced by the newly introduced Cloud of Things (CoT) paradigm.
    The purpose of this is to enable the development and evolution of smart cities through software and service techniques. It aims particularly at providing strong sustainability support over the whole life cycle of the various complex systems in smart-city environments.

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    There are many challenges and opportunities of emerging and future smart grids and smart cities which can be addressed by means of cloud computing.


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      The integration of information technologies has enabled the evolution of urban energy infrastructures. It helps to manage the dynamic, increasingly distributed nature of the supply of and demand for energy. The budding cloud computing and data management technologies are offering new opportunities to address energy management issues on a new scale

      Without information technologies it is difficult to achieve the evolution of energy infrastructures because the applications and services leverage the computing capabilities of the cloud. Thus, all cities will need to leverage systems that are connected and supported by a large volume of realtime data from diverse public and private sources if they are to meet the needs of increasing population.