Smart Society

What is Smart Society?

There are many definitions of Smart Society, but from a technology perspective, it is the sum of all the Smart Industries, Smart City, Smart Building, Smart Utilities, Smart Agriculture, and so on. Therefore, you can put the “Smart” label on any industry since IoT will be an integral part of everything.

In the Smart Society, digital methods and technologies take advantage of all the available data from all actors and industry niches to create new solutions to known and future challenges, like urbanization, sustainability, resources, transportation, and health. By 2050, two-thirds of the world population will live in urban areas, why the United Nations established Sustainable Cities as one of their Sustainable Development Goals.

Smart societies look at these problems and maximize the use of innovative technologies and collaboration across multiple sectors for people to create:

  • Seamless (but controlled) data flow from a myriad of resources and technologies
  • Large-scale data exchange that enables multiple data and resource owners to collaborate (for both self-interest and the common goals of the society)
  • Efficient, adaptable, secure, and integrity protected services
  • Connected and efficient nations, cities, and communities
  • Leading to informed, engaged, contented, and empowered citizens

Europe has taken many necessary steps to provide a higher sensor of personal and data integrity on the internet for European citizens. GDPR and projects such as Gaia-X are two of many initiatives that strive towards that goal. But since the technical development goes so fast, it is hard to keep up and difficult to create and implement political, legal, or technological solutions afterward. 

At the same time, IoT is snowballing as technology evolves and prices are dropping. Implementing IoT on a large scale will affect citizens’ lives. It can create a huge benefit to make our society more sustainable and competitive and open up for considerable risk regarding citizens’ sense of integrity and security, countries sovereignty. Based on the technical solutions we choose today, we can maximize the opportunities of using IoT solutions while reducing the most critical societal risks.

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The Smart Society puts many requirements on system design, APIs, data sharing, control, integrity, cybersecurity, storage, performance, data models, standardization, and many more aspects from a technology and architecture perspective. However, fundamentally it can be summarized as “interoperability,” which is the whole purpose of Yggio DiMS.

Pillars of the Smart Society

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Connectivity encompasses legacy networks (wireless, mobile, fixed, satellite, and cable) and new wireless IoT technologies in rapid development. Connectivity and reliable access to real-time data is a key enabler.

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Smart devices are the things that are connected that generate data and remotely perform tasks. Cars, traffic lights and cameras, water pumps, electricity grids, home appliances, street lights, and health monitors are all examples of things that need to become smart, connected devices.

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Software development connects and enables the first two pillars that, all working together, support new services that would never have been possible before. These new services transform everything from energy efficiency to environmental improvements, road safety,
food and water safety, manufacturing, and basic government services.

Examples of early steps towards Smart Society

(that is, pioneering projects and technology-leading development)

ELLOSS – Energy-efficient buildings using multiple energy sources and smart control with AI

Sensative, together with Örebroporten, explore and verify how much we can reduce a property’s CO2 emissions and energy consumption with the help of our IoT platform, AI, and relatively low investment in 48 volts micro-grid networks with solar cells, batteries, and 48 V lighting, heating systems, and more.

DAIS – Distributed Artificial Intelligent Systems

DAIS – Distributed Artificial Intelligent System, a pan-European effort with 48 partners from 11 countries, aims to create intelligence-centered heterogeneous distributed edge computing systems and solutions.

DAIS’s approach is to develop intelligent, secure, and trustworthy systems for industrial applications to provide comprehensive cost and energy-efficient solutions of intelligent, end-to-end secure, trustworthy connectivity and interoperability to bring the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence together.

Lund Open Sensoring City

Lund Open Sensoring City is creating an open testbed for the future real-time community, where people, organizations, infrastructure, and sensor systems work together to create a sustainable environment with high quality of life.

Lund Open Sensoring City focuses on finding solutions to urban challenges – from emissions and safety issues to resource optimization and prevention of traffic congestions. Solutions may also address micro-flows that create a healthier and more meaningful lifestyle in the city.

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