In recent years, the concept of smart cities has gained significant attention as urban areas seek innovative solutions to improve sustainability, efficiency, and quality of life. The combination of Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies has paved the way for transforming traditional cities into smart, connected environments. In this article, we will explore how Industrial IoT and AI are powering smart cities and how the AI Gateway from TECHBASE is playing a pivotal role in building sustainable urban ecosystems.

The Role of Industrial IoT and AI in Smart Cities

Industrial IoT and AI technologies are the driving forces behind the transformation of cities into smart, connected ecosystems. By leveraging IoT sensors and devices, cities can collect vast amounts of real-time data from various sources such as infrastructure, transportation systems, and public services. AI algorithms then analyze this data, generating valuable insights and enabling intelligent decision-making for sustainable urban development.

Enhancing Sustainability and Resource Management

One of the primary goals of smart cities is to optimize resource management and reduce environmental impact. Industrial IoT and AI technologies play a crucial role in achieving these objectives. IoT sensors deployed throughout the city can monitor energy consumption, waste management, water usage, and air quality in real-time. This data, when analyzed by AI algorithms, enables efficient resource allocation, identifies areas for improvement, and supports the implementation of sustainable initiatives.

For instance, AI algorithms can optimize energy consumption by analyzing patterns and adjusting lighting and HVAC systems accordingly. Additionally, IoT-enabled waste management systems can optimize garbage collection routes based on real-time data, reducing fuel consumption and minimizing the environmental impact.

Improving Public Safety and Infrastructure Management

Smart cities prioritize the safety and well-being of their residents. Industrial IoT and AI technologies play a vital role in enhancing public safety and optimizing infrastructure management. IoT sensors embedded in urban infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, and buildings, can monitor structural health and detect potential hazards or maintenance requirements.

AI algorithms can analyze the data from these sensors, providing insights into the condition of infrastructure and predicting maintenance needs. This proactive approach enables authorities to address issues before they become critical, improving public safety and reducing infrastructure downtime.

Optimizing Transportation and Mobility

Efficient transportation and mobility are essential components of smart cities. Industrial IoT and AI technologies revolutionize the way people move within urban environments. Connected transportation systems, such as smart traffic lights and intelligent parking solutions, enable efficient traffic management, reduce congestion, and decrease travel times.

AI algorithms analyze real-time data from various sources, including public transportation systems, traffic flow, and historical patterns, to optimize routing and scheduling. This leads to improved public transportation services, reduced commute times, and enhanced overall mobility.

TECHBASE’s AI GATEWAY series, world-first industrial gateway utilizing Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 and Google Coral TPU

The AI Gateway from TECHBASE

TECHBASE, a leading provider of Industrial IoT solutions, offers an advanced AI Gateway that is instrumental in the development of smart cities. The AI Gateway acts as a central hub, seamlessly integrating data from diverse IoT devices and systems across the city. TECHBASE’s AI Gateway is designed to handle large volumes of data in real-time and supports multiple communication protocols, ensuring compatibility with a wide range of IoT devices. Its powerful AI capabilities enable efficient data analysis, predictive modeling, and decision-making for sustainable urban development.

By leveraging the AI Gateway from TECHBASE, smart city planners and authorities can harness the full potential of Industrial IoT and AI technologies to build resilient, sustainable, and interconnected urban environments. Industrial IoT and AI are revolutionizing the concept of smart cities, transforming traditional urban areas into sustainable, connected ecosystems. By leveraging IoT devices and AI algorithms, cities can enhance sustainability, optimize resource management, improve public safety, and optimize transportation and mobility. The AI Gateway from TECHBASE plays a pivotal role in building smart cities

AI GATEWAY with Coral TPU enhancement 

Neuron network capabilities enhance CM4-based devices, not only collecting and sending data, but also allows local data change predictions and allows direct management on-site. This feature gives the possibility for various applications, such as data analysing and establishing trends predictions, smart alarms and smart monitoring, local notification control, etc.

Used Edge TPU coprocessor via PCI-Express bus is capable of performing 4 trillion operations per second (TOPS), using 0.5 watts for each TOPS (2 TOPS per watt). Google Coral easily integrates with Raspberry Pi Compute Module in Linux and optionally in Windows with full support of TensorFlow Lite framework and AutoML Vision Edge solution.

TECHBASE’s AI GATEWAY series, world-first industrial gateway utilizing Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 and Google Coral TPU
TECHBASE’s AI GATEWAY series, world-first industrial gateway utilizing Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 and Google Coral TPU

AI GATEWAY with available expansion cards 

AI GATEWAY 9500-CM4 can be equipped with serial RS-232/485 ports, range of digital and analog I/Os, USB, HDMI and Ethernet. Interfaces can be expanded with additional I/Os and opto-isolation, relays, Ethernet, 1-Wire, CAN, M-Bus Master and Slave, accelerometer, OLED screen and many more features like TPM Security Chip, eSIM and SuperCap backup power support. 

AI GATEWAY 9500-CM4 series also offers a standard PCI module support for various wireless communication protocols, such as:

  • GSM modem (4G/LTE and fast 5G modem, interchangeable with Coral TPU)
  • economic NarrowBand-IoT technology
  • LoRa, ZigBee, Sigfox, Wireless M-Bus
  • secondary Wi-Fi/Bluetooth interface or Wi-Fi Hi-Power
  • custom wireless interfaces

ModBerry AI GATEWAY 9500-CM4 availability

First prototypes are being developed, since Compute Module 4 is already available for the purchase. Delivery time for various configurations of AI GATEWAY will be approximately 2 months, depending on the CM4 supply on the market and chosen expansion cards. For more information contact TECHBASE’s Sales Department via email or Live Chat here.