Nestled in 17 square miles in the southeast corner of Orlando, Florida, is Lake Nona, a smart city where Verizon has set up one of the first 5G "living labs"—a place to develop the innovations on which tomorrow's smart cities will hinge. Lake Nona has innovated numerous pilot programs that can drive outcomes at scale and deliver long-term benefits to the community.
Autonomous shuttles run multiple routes through the neighborhood. The self-driving vehicles use sensors to map the area around them, improving navigation, route management and pedestrian safety. With a safe, reliable method of transportation, Lake Nona residents interact with more areas and facets of their community; those interactions are key to gathering data that helps city officials plan and deploy additional projects to further improve quality of life.
The city is also testing intelligent lighting solutions that double as sensor-equipped smart devices that collect, capture and transmit data in near real time. This provides centralized control and delivers insights into the state of Lake Nona's lighting infrastructure, as well as access to an array of lighting applications and services.
Lake Nona is a testament to the fluid nature of the smart city. When built correctly, a smart city is not simply a compilation of intelligent products. It's a living, adapting thing that can react to suit the changing needs and habits of the people who live in it.
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