Siklu announced Smart City deployments based on Siklu’s broad E-band and V-band product portfolio have reached a milestone of 100 cities installed. Smart Cities, which were initially defined as municipalities connecting low data rate sensors for water, gas and more, have been evolving to demand high-capacity connectivity at gigabit-per-second speed. This high-bandwidth network infrastructure is needed to support new applications such as video security, public Wi-Fi backhaul, and private city network deployments. As municipalities move to support an increase in public safety cameras and improved connectivity between public buildings such as police, fire, schools, and libraries, the networks are being upgraded.
Earlier this year, a group of public and private organizations —including Transportation America, Natural Resource Defense Council, Uber, and cityway— got together to establish a set of Shared Mobility Principles for Livable Cities. Essentially, the group put together 10 principles that they feel should guide urban decision making for the future. Notably, the list includes planning cities and mobility together, prioritizing people over vehicles, engaging with all stakeholders, and working toward creating greater connectivity.
The pace of technological innovation is such that even the most fantastic of imagined futures seem like they could easily become reality. As existing technologies reach maturity, unforeseen developments arrive ever more quickly, and innovations make the leap from consumer applications to business (and vice versa) it’s imperative that we constantly seek to find those that have the potential to add value to our own business and those of our customers.
Pivot3 announced it experienced accelerated growth in 2017, including significant traction among multi-workload environments in data centers and smart city and safe city initiatives. In 2017, Pivot3’s sales increased by more than 65 percent from the first half to the second half of the year, reflecting the increased market demand for high-performance products like Pivot3’s Acuity platform and purpose-built appliances for streaming media.
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.
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.
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.
Around 30,000 more video surveillance cameras will be installed on the streets of Astana, Kazakhstan, on the eve of "EXPO-2017" exhibition, chairman of the board of Astana Innovations JSC Talgat Ashim said at the "Smart Astana-2014" conference.
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: