Smart Cities are Centralized and Distributed Within the Cloud

In a recent 4-part blog series, I wrote about Smart Communities and Infrastructure. In my first blog of the series, I wrote about the layered concept of planes or spaces —namely, the physical plane, the space where physical entities exist. The physical plane consists of the infrastructure itself and the sensors and actuators that control it. Overlaid onto the physical plane is the cyberspace plane. Cyberspace consists of networks and computing resources to send and receive information to and from the physical space.

In the second blog, I covered smart city security considerations. Smart city systems are highly critical, which is why latency—or slow response times—in sensing, command, and control can result in severe consequences. Therefore, the third blog of the series detailed the concept of a control loop and the importance of minimizing latency. We need to move the controlling compute resources closer to the edge to reduce the control loop latency. By doing this, we can significantly reduce the end-to-end latency of the control loop.

Sometimes a picture is worth more than a thousand words. So, to fully illustrate the concepts discussed previously in the blog series, we’ve created an infographic highlighting the smart cities concepts.

OCTO Infographic Series Smart Cities

Smart Cities are created with integrated technology systems that interact to provide monitoring, feedback, and actuation control.

In the meantime, you can grab the full PDF version of this infographic via the link below. So, please take a moment to download the PDF, print it out in full color, and display it in your office. And don’t forget to share it with all your techno colleagues as smart cities are changing the way that we live:

Download the infographic here!