The latest research in our Cellular IoT Connectivity Series


22nd February 2024, London, UK: – New research by connectivity experts Kaleido Intelligence shows how increasing sustainability concerns will drive up the desire for efficiencies in urban planning, driving smart lighting growth of over 200% from 2023 deployments.

The new research, Cellular IoT Connectivity Series: Smart Cities Opportunities & Forecasts, has found that 39% of all city streetlights will be connected to a cellular control and analytics platform to a degree, although cellular will not be the only connectivity technology used in this sector. Several European countries have declared national strategies to use unlicensed LPWAN (Low-Power Wide Area Network) technologies like LoRaWAN or ZigBee for their lighting, and a common use for cellular in smart cities will be for a single cellular gateway to collect and transmit data from a group of streetlights that relay their information via unlicensed connectivity.

“Smart cities have such a diverse range of applications that connectivity will very rarely be a one-technology game,” remarked research author James Moar. “Cellular connectivity can act as a strong connective tissue, but connectivity providers need to be ready to act as aggregators and collators of many different types of data if they are to be truly useful in this ecosystem, rather than providing all the answers themselves.”

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Video Analytics to drive up Data Consumption

Smart cities cellular data consumption will rise particularly high in the East Asia & Pacific region, where centrally-planned urban development will integrate 5G and video-based use cases at a greater rate than in many other regions. As a result, data usage in this region alone will reach over 428 petabytes of data in 2028, over half of all data generated by smart cities globally.

Smart traffic management will be the single largest segment in terms of data consumption throughout the forecast period, thanks to the high level of video analytics used in traffic monitoring. However, a proliferation of other 5G-enabled use cases means its share will decline to 13% of overall data usage by 2028.

Video Analytics Simplify Deployments

The implementation of video will also act to drive down the number of sensors needed, particularly in the smart parking sector. While cellular LPWAN sensors implanted in individual spaces are still used in many places, Kaleido expects video monitoring of multiple spaces to become far more common, meaning that connections in this space will remain under 6 million in 2028, although data consumption will have increased by almost 250% between 2023 and 2028.

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