There is a lot of hype around the term smart
cities, and for good reason. Smart cities are the future of where we
work, live, and play. It is predicted that by
2050, 68% of the world’s population will live in urban areas. There
are many definitions for smart cities, but for this article, let’s take a
simple approach by defining a smart city as a connected city where citizens,
technology and processes, such as garbage collection, can all be connected. None of this happens without the fundamental
connectivity layer. The demographic
shift combined with a continuous growth of IoT and management apps require city
planners to start thinking about their smart city vision. Let’s talk about four
strategies city planners can consider.
for the long-term
For some, a first thought might be
to pursue short- term goals such as switching to LED street lighting. However,
city planners should think long term about emerging applications. City planners
who consider long-term possibilities often consult with IoT and network
connectivity vendors to identify how a long-term plan will minimize network
upgrades and future disruptions. An example of planning for the long-term would
involve fiber connectivity to light poles which enables small cells and other applications to be easily and
more cost effectively added to the pole at a later date.
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Today, cities are typically served by
different networks built by traditional telcos, cable operators, internet and
neutral host providers, utilities, and municipalities. As a result, there are
disparate wireless and wireline networks and each time a new network is
implemented, the city streets are being dug up again and again for
installations. By planning for convergence, both wireless and wireline networks
can be installed at the same time which maximizes asset utilization and
optimizes cost efficiencies.
Cities should be able to bring connectivity
to all citizens, including those who are able to pay for services and those who
cannot. As the world moves to a digital future, adequate wireline and wireless
services must be accessible to commercial, industrial, and residential
communities of all income levels to stop the widening of the digital divide.
for creative funding
City planners can get creative with funding
as they think of ways to enable ubiquitous broadband network connectivity in
smart cities. Cities have an abundant eco-system to work with including
partnering with service providers, network operators, utility companies, and
other organizations to co-fund smart city projects.
In summary, planning for the long-term while considering convergence,
ubiquity, and creative funding can give smart city planners an edge in
attracting people and businesses. Have questions? CommScope can help with the
strategies mentioned and provide the connectivity infrastructure to make it all