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TAepcphlincoaltoiognys Digital transformation creating smarter cities Pervasive wireless connectivity and IoT technology offers great potential for the development of smart cities. But it also requires a new approach to wide-area networking (WAN) that leverages elastic, softwaredefined edge networks that is built on top of advanced 4G and 5G cellular services, as well as public WiFi. MUNICIPALITIES OF ALL SIZE around the world are embracing digital transformation and have launched Smart City initiatives to make service delivery more efficient, improve quality of life, develop new sources of revenue, protect the environment, and respond to a changing threat landscape. As a result, cities and towns are deploying a wide array of smart technologies, connected devices, in-vehicle solutions, cameras and sensors within their infrastructure and services, such as streets and roadways, first responders, power and water systems, garbage collection and snow removal, and social services. In less than a decade, Smart Cities have evolved from concept to reality with millions of Internet of Things (IoT) devices deployed across municipalities around the world and connected using 4G LTE and municipal WiFi. Here are just a few examples of these deployments: Water and energy The ability to monitor and manipulate water levels, and related systems remotely using wireless connectivity, can save substantial staff time and accelerate emergency responses. Water managers can collect and analyze water usage at various access points to predict usage patterns, quality and demand challenges on the horizon. Smart energy grids enable utilities to more effectively manage demand curves, implement more intelligent consumption-based pricing models, and help boost energy conservation. Smart meters are the endpoints of the grid and provide real-time consumption data and energy regulation to aid with peak demand and reward energy-efficient customers. Connected monitors, sensors and regulators that span from energy plants to meters allow detection of problems and demand surges, and more control of energy flow across the grid. First responders Today’s first responder rely on 4G LTE connected in-vehicle and mobile networks to access critical data and applications and to stay coordinated with command centers and other agencies. These mobile networks have been key to the modernization police systems, replacing paper processes and reporting, which has historically consumed countless hours for officers and commanders, with mobile and online apps. Additionally, dispatchers can remotely examine incident scenes and determine the number of officers to deploy for backup. Officers can improve crowd control at large city events with real-time video monitoring via tablets and mobile phones. Body-worn cameras can provide a level of transparency and accountability not possible before. Mobile fingerprint scanners can speed up the investigation process in the field and license plate recognition monitors at freeway intersections can notify authorities of stolen vehicles, BOLO (be on the look-out) suspects, AMBER alerts and illicit activity. Thanks for the speed and reliability of today’s 4G LTE networks, paramedics can consult via video with doctors in real-time and exchange vitals while in route to the hospital, saving countless lives. For firefighters on the way to a blaze, wireless applications can provide them with immediate access to building schematics, HazMat data and traffic information, shaving minutes off critical response times and giving 8 industrial ethernet book 4.2018 SOURCE: CRADLEPOINT Industry predictions from Gartner analysts speak to the importance of Smart Cities in years to come.


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