How Cities Use Rugged Tech to Support Infrastructure

The necessary underlying technology is required to achieve smart cities and expanding urban environments.

Today’s urban planners and city governments are faced with three major infrastructure challenges: building structures that are more likely to withstand hazardous weather, integrating the Internet of Things (IoT) to shift towards the not-so-distant future of smart cities, and accommodating the rapidly increasing population of cities. More people mean more houses, schools, roads, and businesses, leading city officials to move quickly. And as these urban settings are growing, urban planners must consider how these areas will satisfy the incorporation of new technologies projected to alter city life, as well as how they’ll stand up against commonly-occurring natural disasters, like flooding and wildfires.

Leveraging the Right Technology to Support an Evolving Infrastructure

To build out such cities, however, it’s imperative that the right technology is leveraged to design, deliver, and maintain this expanding and evolving infrastructure. Rugged technology creates solutions for many of the obstacles facing this growth by providing multi-purpose devices, wireless connectivity, and sustainability.

Rugged tech’s multi-purpose capabilities result in efficiency and higher ROI

Rugged devices, from tablets to handhelds, meet a number of needs with Bluetooth, cameras, the ability to run imperative applications, and more. Rather than purchasing multiple devices, users can rely on one or two devices, depending on the situation. Not to mention, rugged devices are designed to withstand harsh environments, drops, and spills, so that organizations and businesses won’t need to replace electronics when the inevitable occurs. Not only is investing in rugged tech cost effective, but it’s also a more streamlined approach to outfitting those who need it most.

Wireless connectivity enables real-time data collection and is the lifeblood of a smart community

Smart communities are more than just about autonomous cars. They’re about improving the day-to-day lives of urban residents, improving city processes, and creating an altogether more efficient and safer environment.

IoT has proven that basically anything can be connected. In a future where infrastructure includes connectivity, the possibilities are endless. Think street lights that only turn on when a pedestrian is walking by, access to real-time weather forecasts for more concentrated areas, or first responders being alerted to emergencies before anyone has to pick up their phone to call 9-1-1.

If the goal is to create wirelessly connected cities, it makes sense to use wirelessly connected devices that ensure secure connectivity, as well as secure data collection, storage, and transfer. Rugged gateways and modems provide just that, making it easier for city officials and supporting professionals to make decisions based on real-time data and avoid oversight and cost overruns.

Rugged tech is designed to sustain and evolve

Unlike quickly outdated legacy systems, rugged technology is updateable and thus requires low turnover. This diminishes the need for constant upgrades and replacement. Purchasing rugged technology is a long-term investment with a lower total cost of ownership than traditional technology.

The Best Rugged Tech for Infrastructure Initiatives

Unsure of which devices will best meet the needs of the infrastructure initiatives in your city? Contact the experts at Group Mobile for more information about their extensive offerings of rugged mobile technology and customizable configurations.

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