Smart city

Extreme Urges Municipalities To Insure A Robust, Secure Network For Smart City Efforts

Vendors and channel partners must educate municipalities about the need for a robust, well-managed network to carry out smart city and IoT initiatives, according to an Extreme Networks leader. Surveys have indicated that the network needs to be upgraded virtually every time a channel partner sells born-worn cameras, smart locks, access control or video surveillance equipment so that these devices can be adequately supported. New York City, for instance, is looking to manage and collect data from two to three million devices, which O’Connor said will require a massive investment in establishing and managing network connections.

EnviroCOMS Leverages Milestone Video Platform For New Environmental Asset Management Solutions

Milestone Systems open platform video management software (VMS) is contributing to Smart City video applications internationally. Milestone Solution Partner EnviroCOMS has created advanced digital weather models, smart data analytics and reporting, and a system for storing and managing manual and real-time environmental data. They have developed an advanced environmental digital asset management system that can communicate with a VMS through a cloud-hosted infrastructure for a large-scale system that works globally monitoring video while processing environmental data and analytics.

The Terrifying “Smart” City of the Future

Smart cities are loosely defined as urban centers that rely on digital technology to enhance efficiency and reduce resource consumption. This happens by means of ubiquitous wireless broadband, citywide networks of computerized sensors that measure human activities (from traffic to electricity use), and mass data collection that analyzes these patterns.

Research: Security As A Key Enabler Of Smart Cities

That was the message when Anthony Leather from analysts Frost & Sullivan described how security is a key enabler of a smart city. By 2025, it’s predicted that there will be at least 26 completely smart cities, with more than half of those in Europe and North America. In the following presentation, delivered at IFSEC International in May 2013, Anthony introduces how intelligent communication systems, renewable energy, and an increase in intelligent buildings all drive a safer and more secure city. He also covers how existing security technology such as video surveillance, video analytics, and biometrics will remain the main focus of a city’s security and how the analysis of key information flow is the main area for improvement in the next generation of security. View the full presentation below:

Cisco And AGT Form ‘Smart City’ Global Alliance To Transform How Cities Are Managed And Secured

SAN JOSE, CA–(Marketwired – Feb 5, 2014) – Cisco ( NASDAQ : CSCO ), the worldwide leader in IT, and AGT International, a global leader in city solutions, today announced a Smart City Global Strategic Alliance that will deliver the promise of the Internet of Everything (IoE) through edge analytics and cloud technologies that dramatically change the way cities are managed and safeguarded. The combination of intelligent networking, virtualized computing and video management software from Cisco and smart city software platform, sensor gateway and analytics from AGT will provide cost-effective and efficient delivery of services that enhance the daily lives of citizens and improve urban services — from transportation and healthcare to utilities infrastructure and disaster preparedness and personal safety. Wim Elfrink, executive vice president, Industry Solutions and Chief Globalisation Officer, Cisco, said : "Today, 99 percent of the physical world is not connected to the Internet. However, cities are the epicenter of the Internet of Everything, where people, things, data and processes can be connected to deliver new and amazing value. Think about the possibilities. It is a vision we can realize today through the unique combination of Cisco’s unparalleled networking and computing technology and AGT’s cutting-edge smart cities platform. With its recognized leadership in software and analytical solutions that improve everyday life, AGT is an ideal partner to transform city management." Mati Kochavi, CEO, AGT, said : "The Cisco and AGT alliance brings a holistic view of urban ecosystems, which are being challenged by dramatic growth and […]