The commercial driving potential of the Internet of things has long been recognized. For example, the popularity of IOT products such as fitbits, smart speakers, remote monitoring pacemakers and robot vacuum cleaners is growing exponentially. It is estimated that there will be no less than 50 billion internet of things devices in the world by 2030, and companies such as Amazon, Tesla, Google and apple are reaping huge returns due to the popularity of the Internet of things.

In our residential communities, however, the potential of the Internet of things is far from encouraging. Internet of things technology brings opportunities to improve the quality of life and strengthen the ties between people – Internet connectivity brings people to people connections.

But how will the Internet of things change community life? Today, we will explore several applications of the Internet of things in the community, both current and potential, in order to better understand the development that this technology may bring us in the coming decades and decades.

Neighborhood security

At present, most families adopt a very isolated approach to the Internet of things, considering products and systems from a personal perspective. But just as communities with neighborhood surveillance programs are safer than communities where residents take care of themselves, communities that collaborate through the Internet of things are stronger than communities that don’t have them.

The street application of vivint smart home is a real example of using the Internet of things to enhance community security. The app allows residents to access a network of neighborhood security cameras, where they can monitor children, cars, property and potential intruders in their spaces. At the same time, nextdoor uses a more collaborative approach to encourage dialogue between residents to promote community spirit and improve security through improved communication.

The neighborhood security provided by the Internet of things may also transcend human threats. Now, home safety systems have a range of sensors. In the future, the Internet of things can be used to measure air and water quality, including biometric data, harmful substances, temperature and smoke. In addition, it can detect fires and gas leaks and alert problematic houses and neighbors who may also be in danger.

energy efficiency

Between lighting, security, HVAC, waste management and other systems, keeping the community safe and comfortable is an energy consuming task. However, with the Internet of things technology, smart communities can ensure that their energy efficiency is as high as possible.

Occupancy sensors ensure that the system is turned on only when there are residents nearby. The light sensor can adjust the brightness of the light according to the time of the day. Just like in smart homes, temperature sensors can improve heating and cooling systems in public areas based on current conditions. The IOT system can also help identify inefficiencies in waste management by using sensors, cameras and GPS data to improve pickup routes or better understand residents’ waste management practices.

Woodlea’s residential development in Australia is an intelligent community with a series of sustainable and energy-saving IOT functions. Take its intelligent street lamp as an example, its efficiency is far higher than the traditional model, and at the same time, it enhances the community security through the built-in camera.


As our cities become larger and denser, transportation has become a key factor in smart city planning, and the Internet of things can play an important role in planning future transportation. The density of big cities means that the main factor of smart city traffic is to solve the problem of traffic congestion. In short, the number of cars on the road needs to be reduced. Sharing community garages is one way cities can do this.

How will Internet of things change community life?

Car sharing has been around for nearly two decades (Zipcar in 2001 and goget in 2003) and bike sharing and scooter sharing services have exploded in recent years. The Internet of things gives communities the opportunity to manage shared vehicle garages, reduce waste and ease traffic congestion in the area.

The Internet of things has also proved to be an incredible tool for redesigning urban landscapes to make them easier to transport. It collects user data that can be analyzed to create a landscape that maximizes the use of bicycles and public transport, and minimizes the use of single riders. Design and consulting firm ARCADIS is using the Internet of things insight to turn Los Angeles, a notorious car dependent City, into a more bicycle and public transport friendly place.

The benefits of this work for local communities are enormous: more efficient travel, cleaner air and more active residents, to name a few.

Great potential of Internet of things

The Internet of things has begun to change the shape of our city and our experience in the city. The potential of this technology seems endless, and all the exciting things can make it easy to achieve grand plans. The truth is, communities that fully support the Internet of things are going to be slow, and we don’t know the end of things. This shift will also face challenges, especially in terms of monitoring and data privacy.

A planned approach is needed; an approach designed to understand the advantages and risks of each new community IOT innovation, and move forward only after maximizing the former and minimizing the latter.

But if done right, the convenience, quality of life, sustainability and well-being of the residential Internet of things will be incredible.

Editor in charge: Tzh

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