The world is moving towards a highly urbanized model for human living.
Cities are growing and the need to use innovation to provide improved quality of life in more productive ways is essential.
Smart cities aren’t just a concept or a dream of the future. Thanks to the wildly innovative Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, many are already active and expanding rapidly. Municipal governments are building Smart Cities to connect and improve infrastructure, efficiency, convenience, and quality of life for residents and visitors alike.
Smart bridges are at the foundation of a smart city.
At its most fundamental level, a smart bridge is a technology-enabled bridge—be it in its design, its operation, or its life—that includes digital elements that help keep it performing at its optimum level.
Whether it uses a network of sensors that monitor health and performance during normal use or extreme events or a digital twin that can predict critical failures while the damage can still be fixed as minor repairs, a smart bridge features an interface between the physical and the digital. Smart bridges will decrease traffic congestion, enhance public safety, communicate with autonomous vehicles, and even improve air quality with help from the IoT. Smart bridges will support optimal life cycle management of the critical bridge transportation asset for not just one bridge but the entire fleet of bridges in a region. Bridges will provide digital information and use advanced analytics and machine learning to provide bridge managers with the decision support they need. The results will be better mobility at a lower cost creating the new urbanized smart cities with the innovation required to provide an enhanced quality of life.