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Going mobile in Smart Cities

Rangu Salgame, Chief Executive Officer, Growth Ventures & Service Provider Group, Tata Communications | April 24, 2015
The recent wave of Smart City interest is in large part driven by the Internet of Everything, which is simultaneously creating and being enabled by advances in cloud technology, security, mobile connectivity and M2M.

To encourage interaction and communication, a combination of wireless connectivity technologies should be used. Going with only one type of technology could be unnecessarily costly and potentially limit interaction.

A mix of wireless connectivity technologies including cellular and wi-fi makes the most sense to quickly and reliably set up Smart City networks, without having to start major urban construction projects requiring fixed cable and wired infrastructure. The result will be significant interaction enabling game changing improvements to life in a city.

However, these cities must take proper measures to ensure secure municipal interactions while using a mix of interoperable wireless connectivity technologies to establish and utilise a large area network. Carriers can help to work with the public sector authorities to make their infrastructure available to support smart city projects and provide their expertise to help establish and manage Smart Cities.

Managing the complexities associated with Smart Cities requires significant effort and investment by those cities with the ambition and vision to participate in such a transformation task. Wireless connectivity technologies can be a key tool to overcome challenges in enabling next-generation digital improvements to traditional infrastructure.

It will take new world architects to reshape urban landscapes so I say: let's get busy.

 

 

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