Smart Cites – Embracing a Connected Future
Cites across the United States are embracing new connected technologies in their quest to become smart cites. Applying modern solu ons to local challenges can result in an improved urban experience for all residents.
But deploying advanced technology isn’t easy. Local officials must think big as they will play an important role in ensuring that the right infrastructure is in place to power smart cites.
Modern communications networks are needed to support the incredible consumer demand for data driven services. Applications and services from the Internet of Things, the influx of autonomous vehicles, industrial and agricultural applications, smart meters, and sensors on traffic lights, kiosks and trash cans will bring amazing benefits and efficiency – but will also place incredible demands on today’s networks. That’s why it’s so important for city o cials to encourage the deployment of next genera on networks.
Over the past 30 years, generational advancements in network technology took us from basic voice calls to high-speed broadband and today’s 4G (or fourth genera on) wireless networks. Companies are already deploying next genera on networks that will enable 5G (or h genera on) wireless, which promises more capacity, incredible speed and almost instantaneous response times.
5G depends on the deployment of small cells, which are small mobile antennas with li le visual impact that are installed on utility poles, buildings, lampposts and other street-level objects. Densifying wireless networks with small cells is important to offload existing network congestion and free up the ability to provide strong wireless coverage in every corner of the community.
So what can local officials and policymakers do to ensure that their communities become smart cities and benefit fully from the promise of next generation mobile activity?
Modernize local rules and create a regulatory and legal environment that incents the deployment of new 5G network infrastructure and small cells.
Streamline the permitting process and provide timely and cost-efficient access to rights of way, public facilities and utility poles.
Digi.City created the Next Genera on Networks Checklist with this challenge in mind. The checklist is a guide for state and local o cials to evaluate their readiness and design policies to encourage deployment of next genera on networks.
Visit www.digi.city for more information on smart cities and the policies that enable innovation.