Making Smarter Cities
Today, more than 50% of the world’s population lives in cities. That number is expected to grow to 66% by 2050! In an era with smartphones, smart cars and smart homes, isn’t it about time we start building smarter cities?
Much like businesses, the need for cities to do more with less has become a common refrain. In the wake of rapid urban expansion, cities are moving towards their own digital transformation with cloud, social, mobile and big data solutions.
For cities, data is not only an essential building block but also the driving force behind social and economic development. That’s why efforts to build a smarter city which addresses citizen’s challenges should be welcomed and eagerly received — but what makes a smarter city?
The applications for smarter lighting are boundless. For example, a smart street light is equipped with super-efficient LED technology able to last up to 20 years and includes a sensor pack with capabilities such as video, occupancy triggers and weather sensors. The single street light can be connected to the city’s network, allowing employees to view and manage an individual lamp or the whole system remotely via an app.
Other smart lighting applications include smart parking garages and office buildings. Parking garages would be able to turn on lighting only when a car approaches, saving energy and resources. A video system relying on the same infrastructural backbone as the lighting could also be used to improve security and record information.
Other large buildings, including office and city spaces, can also benefit from the same technology. These areas can also allow individual workers to personalize a room’s lighting to their needs or automatically shut off systems when they are not necessary. All the while, these systems collect data about usage, costs and other impacts.
Driven by the maturation of smart devices, smarter networks and powerful analytics, cities are now able to use this data to solve real problems faster and cheaper than ever before.
Cities already use sensors in roads and vehicles to report data, predict traffic flows and reduce congestion. While useful, this approach is limited.
Smarter cities should use an Internet-connected traffic signal equipped with video and motion controls to manage traffic patterns. Cities will interact with open applications from mobile devices or connected cars to predict traffic loads, and recommend speed and routing.
The Smart City of the Future
In the future, everything from the electric grid to roads, buildings and cars will be connected to a single network. With smart buildings adapting environments to individual needs, smart street lighting bolstering a community’s engagement, and smart roads giving traffic reports, cities will save an immense amount of time and resources. Connected technologies will empower cities to get smarter and create ideal urban centers for every citizen.
ECI’s ELASTIC Network™ is built to enable the development and growth of smarter cities. By taking advantage of ECI’s SmartLIGHT TM, cities can solve their networking needs today and be ready for the challenges of tomorrow.
This portfolio features Layer 1 to Layer 3 metro packet transport for end-to-end service with multi-layer visibility and control, including future software-defined network (SDN) applications (LightAPPS TM). Building intelligence allows cites to construct the foundation of the network, unlocking vast potential.
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