Is the Smart City at a Tipping Point? - An Editorial Feature Report

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This new report from RCR Wireless News explores why cities are finally smartening up, with new technologies that provide a breakthrough for efforts to improve urban living. Featuring insights from Telefonica, InterDigital and other smart city and IoT thought leaders.

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New low-cost, low-power, wide area networks could make it much easier to retrofit cutting edge technology into centuries-old urban environments.

The idea of a smart city has been around for decades, but most municipalities have struggled to turn this tantalizing concept into a reality. Now advances in both computing and connectivity could finally usher in an era of hyper-connected urban infrastructure, according to a new report by RCR Wireless News.

More and more cities around the world are testing how ICT can keep the traffic moving; detect and prevent crime; monitor the condition of roads, lighting, parks and other urban infrastructure; and efficiently allocate public resources. Entitled Smartening up the City, the nw report looks at what is happening in some of the world’s leading cities and tech-savvy municipalities, including Atlanta, Barcelona, Bristol, London, Singapore, Vienna and Yinchuan. The report includes commentary and insights from an array of experts, such as:

  •     Paul Wilson, managing director of Bristol Is Open
  •     Jeremy Green, principal analyst at Machina Research
  •     Dr. Wan Biyu, chief scientist of National Smart City Joint Labs in China
  •     Samir Saini, commissioner and CIO for the city of Atlanta
  •     Andrew Brown, executive director for enterprise and IoT at Strategy Analytics
  •     Juanjo Hierro, CTO of the industrial IoT and smart cities platform product unit at Telefónica
  •     Andreas Trisko, head of urban development department for the city of Vienna, Austria
  •     Rafael Cepeda, smart cities lead at InterDigital
  •     Jane Chen, chairperson of ZTESoft

“Up to now, weaving a digital fabric into the concrete and steel of urban environments has proven to be really hard,” says David Pringle, author of the report. “Many different stakeholders need to be involved and it can be difficult to build a business case for rolling out sensors, controls and connectivity amid all the other demands on city budgets. But new low-cost, low-power, wide area networks could make it much easier to retrofit cutting edge technology into centuries-old urban environments. The smart city era may have finally arrived.”

The report is accompanied by a webinar, featuring:

  •     Jeremy Green, principal analyst, Machina Research
  •     Svetlana Grant, director future IoT networks, Connected Living programme, GSMA
  •     Rafael Cepeda, smart cities lead, InterDigital

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