UK has become a large innovative testbed during the last 2 years, pushing smart cities concepts and testing applications in collaboration with vendors. City councils are considering new high capacity wireless and optical network to support a wider diversity of end-user needs in a highly efficient way. The smart cities of the future, could offer ultra-low latency connectivity for driverless cars, kilobits per second connectivity for M2M sensors to monitor the health of citizens with long-term chronic conditions, hundred megabits per second for ultra high definition TV broadcasts, video surveillance and terabits per second data transfers for collaborative R&D programmes between global universities.
Usually universities are a good place to look for future trends, as they are all pushing hard to become ‘mini-cities’ and are early adopters of smart city technology. These “mini cities” could be easily rescaled to larger ones when required. Small Cell is technically the right solution as it can effectively satisfy the requirement of a carrier grade, high capacity transport network in the urban environment.
University of Bristol, Cambridge are working along these new public platforms with several vendors such as NEC, and Cisco that support local authorities across the country to embrace the Internet of Everything (IOE) for UK Cities, Internet of Everything for Cities (IoE4C). In some cases EU is co-financing such projects or even the UK government in addition to the city councils funds and local investors that see the direct benefits. More similar topics will be discussed at the upcoming event, Small Cells World Summit in London where all the key players of the Small Cell community will be present.
“Digital urbanism” is rapidly becoming a central pillar for urban planners, technology architects, developers, and transportation providers, as well as in public service provision. Cities can be viewed as microcosms of the interconnected networks that make up IoE. In fact, cities serve as “fertile ground” for realizing IoE value.
The Smart City technology architecture when boosted by the Small Cells should be able to deliver the following benefits:
• Simplicity and availability. End-to-end IP, high bandwidth, guarantees high service quality and relatively low maintenance.
• Security. IP security mechanisms ensure a highly robust and resilient system
• Multiservice. Solutions should place equal importance on data, voice, video, and sensors.
• Technological scalability. The new architecture should be designed to handle the large number of connected “things”
• Business scalability. The solution should offers “pay-per-use” opportunities to enhance granularity so that it can be scaled as budgets allow.
• Manageability. The end-to-end nature of the solution makes maintenance easier by enabling greater visibility into the infrastructure.
• Flexibility. The architecture allows city managers and citizens to utilize the same services and information for their specific needs.
Today, traditional microwave vendors such as Intracom Telecom could offer complete as well as tailored solutions to high demand urban environments such as smart cities.
Intracom Telecom’s carrier-grade system supports from licensed microwave (26 /28 /32 /42 GHz) to unlicensed millimeter-wave (60 GHz) frequencies, featuring an embedded auto-aligning antenna and special aesthetics into an “all-in-a-compact-box”. It is ideally designed for wall or lamp post mounting, maximizing single-link connections, with street-level extensions to incorporate “hard-to-reach” locations.
Two are best single features of this solution, 1. the automatic alignment, the benefits are two: rapid deployment and effortless network reorganization and optimization. 2. Effectively introducing SON concept for transmission networking.