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The technological advancements posed by the Internet of Things (IoT) have far-reaching benefits for the cities who adopt them. Smart Cities such as Barcelona, Washington DC, Chicago, London, and Seoul, integrate devices with physical infrastructure, which allow the cities to streamline communication, cut costs, provide better services to citizens through automation and more accurate data collection and analysis, and enables these cities to better plan for the future. Cities around the world have adopted these and other technologies as they make the transformation to become Smart Cities.
Traffic lights and parking sensor technologies improve traffic patterns and reduce both parking issues and the carbon dioxide emissions caused by them. Smart trash cans inform the city when they need to be emptied, smart water pipes can measure quality, leakage, and more, and bus and train stops let passengers know when their ride is set to be there, in real-time, according to securityboulevard.com.
Yet as governments worldwide are embracing the Internet of Things to become ‘Smart Cities,’ there’s the major issue of security in the Internet of Things that has mostly been left unaddressed until recent years. City-wide connectivity allows much more room for a single security vulnerability to wreak havoc on the residents and governments that have adopted these technologies. As more cities adopt more Smart City technology to replace or upgrade existing infrastructure, the risks they carry will only grow and compound.
The main concerns include the lack of proper security testing, lack of Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs), poor security practices in Smart City technology, etc.
The latest technological innovations in the IoT field in defense, security and law enforcement, smart city/safe city, industry, etc. will be the focus of the forthcoming IoT 2017 Conference and Exhibition organized by iHLS.
The event that will be held on December 25th, 2017 at the Lago Conference Center in Rishon LeZion will serve as a meeting point to all the leading members of the IoT ecosystem in Israel and abroad: experts, industries, startups and entrepreneurs, integrators, and officials from the defense and security, law enforcement and first responders sectors, and many more.