Internet of Things: High-Density Interconnection
Self-driving vehicles, smart buildings and cities: the key to future technologies will be the high-density interconnection of several connected objects. Today, with more than 15 billion connected objects worldwide, the ability to capture and communicate data in real time creates a wealth of opportunities.
The Open-Air Laboratory for Smart Living provides researchers and companies with the infrastructure to test these[MS1] new technologies in the field and under real conditions. It offers various networks such as LoRa (long-range network allowing low-power communication between connected objects), LTE-M (versatile technology capable of connecting a wide variety of devices for many applications), 5G (allowing connection of one million devices per km2 and faster communications), and fixed wireless access (to offer broadband and high speed services). These will allow users of the Smart Living Lab to manage the exponential volume of data transmitted by connected objects. They will be able to store, analyze and secure the data before transforming it into various uses in a wide variety of fields, including:
- Smart cities: with effective management of the broad range of information from urban systems, whether for streetlights, smart parking or waste management, it is easier to improve the efficiency of public services to meet the needs of residents.
- Environmental quality: including initiatives to optimize resources and improve noise pollution, water quality, downtown air quality and light pollution.
- Transport: examples include sensors used to track inventory for routing management, autonomous shuttles for traffic management on main arteries, and connected bicycles (e.g. the Bécik Jaune system).
- Smart buildings: with the Internet of Things, it is quite possible to manage your energy consumption in real time, for example to activate or deactivate your alarm system or turn your heat up or down.