5G and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies will be shaping the smart cities of tomorrow, where humans and technology will interact in connected and intelligent ecosystems. More than 64 billion IoT devices are expected to be in operation by 2025 with 127 new IoT devices connecting to the internet each second, leading to an expected market growth of over USD 3 trillion annually by 2026.

Martel’s CEO, Dr Monique Calisti looks at the role IoT and 5G technologies are playing in the context of smart cities service offering opening up huge opportunities across various vertical market segments in a White Paper entitled, ‘IoT and 5G City, Let’s Make it Happen!’.

Municipalities will be able to turn infrastructure like roads, streetlights and traffic signals into smart city resources that can deliver real-time data and information, helping for instance to reduce congestion and improve air quality.

For this vision to become true, several challenges need to be addressed. “The combination of IoT and 5G to deliver smart connectivity as the backbone for next generation smart service delivery requires building new infrastructures, updating policies, and developing new business models” says Dr Calisti.

At Martel, we’ve been working on developing an open source IoT platform that can be flexibly plugged into 5G empowered smart networks for delivery of services in a variety of vertical scenarios, including agriculture, energy and smart cities overall.

Our work aims to contribute to the long-term evolution of next generation IoT service platforms technologies, especially when combined to AI reasoning-based mechanisms pioneering the way to always more autonomous IoT applications.