DigiKey Explores AI in Smart Cities in New Video Series

DigiKey showcases smart city use cases from autonomous vehicles to smart infrastructure management

Ben Wodecki, Junior Editor - AI Business

July 1, 2024

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Electronics distributor DigiKey has published a new series of videos exploring AI integrations across smart cities.

Season four of its “City Digital” video series, “AI in the Smart World,” looks at several AI hardware and software deployments in urban environments from infrastructure to public services.

The three-episode series, sponsored by electronics manufacturer Molex and semiconductor firm STMicroelectronics, showcases how AI technologies are modernizing urban environments, including an in-depth look at intelligent traffic control systems and predictive maintenance for waste management. 

The video series showcases various smart city applications as well as DigiKey's role in providing engineers with the technologies necessary for building smart city devices and systems.

“The use cases of AI in smart cities are just starting to scratch the surface and will play a crucial role in creating smarter, more sustainable and livable cities,” said Josh Mickolio, DigiKey’s technology business development manager. “Our partnership with suppliers like Molex and STMicroelectronics provides engineers and designers with access to the newest technologies and components to build the devices and systems that will propel smart cities into the future.”

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The first of three videos, “The Intelligent Backbone,” looks at AI in urban infrastructure.

It examines smart buildings equipped with AI-powered energy systems, intelligent traffic control and AI-powered monitoring of critical infrastructure.

"AI is transforming the world and this first episode provides great insight into how this impacts infrastructure, as well as providing an ideal platform to showcase the work that Molex is doing in this space,” said Fred Bell, Molex’s vice president of global distribution.

"On the Move," the second installment, focuses on AI's impact on transportation, featuring smart traffic management systems and AI-powered public transit. 

The episode highlights the M City Test Facility at the University of Michigan, a 32-acre test site for autonomous vehicles. It explores how advancements in autonomous vehicles can make transportation safer, faster and more environmentally friendly.

The final episode, "The Responsive City," explores AI’s potential to enhance public services, covering AI applications in waste management and predictive maintenance of public utilities to avoid energy loss.

The third video also covers how edge AI adoption and sensor fusion capabilities can be applied to use cases such as monitoring local environmental changes.

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“STMicroelectronics cultivates a full-fledged ecosystem that empowers every aspect of the edge, from the precision of our sensors, microcontrollers and microprocessors to developers’ support through comprehensive software tools,” said Louis Gobin, STMicroelectronics’ product marketing engineer. “We enable smarter, more efficient and highly responsive environments, bringing intelligence to the very edge and enabling the creation of seamless edge AI applications.”

About the Author(s)

Ben Wodecki

Junior Editor - AI Business

Ben Wodecki is the junior editor of AI Business, covering a wide range of AI content. Ben joined the team in March 2021 as assistant editor and was promoted to junior editor. He has written for The New Statesman, Intellectual Property Magazine, and The Telegraph India, among others.

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