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Top 5 Technologies Crucial for a Smart City

The revolution in communication technologies has driven a demand for access to services, data and applications from anywhere at any time. 

Smart Cities enable new services to be developed and existing services to be improved for citizens; whether that is through services such as smart lighting, environmental monitoring, waste management, smart traffic, smart housing, smart parking, or access to free public WiFi. 

Dark Fibre

Dark fibre is a cost-effective solution looking to implement a resilient, scalable, and future proof Smart Places network. A dark fibre network will ensure that there is sufficient bandwidth available, which will allow Smart Cities to cater for all their ICT requirements for the foreseeable future.

In simple terms, dark fibre is a cable that is placed underground in ducts. It is called dark fibre as it only lights up when it is connected to kit at the other end.

Information and Communication Technology

Information and Communication Technology helps build the bridge between the government and citizens. In Smart Cities, ICT is predominantly the most important aspect of the framework needed. It allows governments to have access to real-time information for all of their facilities.

Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is a network of connected devices across smart cities.

These devices record data and can act appropriately to the readings; an example of this is an IoT lighting system. An intelligent lighting system can dim the lights based on localised information such as the level of natural light.

Many IoT devices in cities are on a Low Powered Wide Area Network (LPWAN). This is great for IoT as they can cheaply transmit small amounts of data over a long distance using little power.


Sensors are an important part of Smart Cities. The multitude of different data sensors can collect make them a crucial component for digital transformations.

Smart City sensors which councils are commonly looking at implementing are:

·        Bin sensors

·        Air quality sensors

·        Street lighting sensors

·        Parking lot sensors

·        Flood sensors

·        Road temperature sensors

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence makes the processes in Smart Cities easier, removing the need for humans to scour over information looking for trends. They allow data to be gathered and processed which can help to identify any patterns or anomalies, allowing the owners to act accordingly.


Smart Cities offer a wide range of benefits including providing live status updates and data that can be responded to. Over time the implementation of technology will lead to improvements in the value and range of services offered, which in turn will have a positive impact on the quality of life for people working, living, or socialising in the area.

Pinacl is a market leader in digital transformation and is currently working with a number of councils and housing associations who are keen to trial and adopt this new technology, recognising the potential for a rapid return on investment from Pinacl’s IoT solutions.

If you have any Smart Places requirements you would like to discuss, please contact us on 01745 535388 or email and we will be happy to set up a meeting with you.