24 Apr 2015
talk has shifted from hot buzz to experimentation and planning.
The city will be transformed from a traditional, silo-based
model to a more collaborative, integrated service delivery
model. A model that will see municipality equipment, buildings,
vehicles and citizens exchange data for the benefit of all
users. The global smart city market is estimated to reach $1.5
trillion by 2020. A market that will essentially be occupied by
energy, infrastructure, IT, telecoms players and city
aim of the city of tomorrow?
quality of day-to-day urban life, stimulate sustainable
development, generate savings on energy, boost productivity,
drive the development of innovative business and activities.
The city will become tomorrow’s growth hub. Some
26 smart cities are expected to be connected by 2025 across the
world. They’re all in the making now!
are increasingly recognising the potential of the IoTi to
increase urban efficiency. From cutting costs in rubbish bin
collections to empowering street lights. They could monitor
everything from electric meters and vehicle charging-stations
to traffic lights and parking spaces, but also changes in noise
levels that might indicate incidences of crime or civil
where do carriers fit in?
one of the tech building blocks available to city authorities
to deliver solutions to better manage key elements of the urban
infrastructure. With around 25 billionii connected devices
forecast by 2020, building low energy consumption networks is
vital to support smart cities. Billions of low-power devices,
such as smart meters, will need to remain connected in order to
transmit small amounts of data. Other devices, such as security
cameras will need much higher data speeds with strong coverage
and priority data traffic. Orange mobile networks are already
supporting this growth and catering for different loads and
different speeds. And we have already started working on low
cost, low energy solutions that will bring new options for
tomorrow’s more environmentally friendly urban
landscape. The smart city challenges are immense, but so are
the opportunities. Developing a strategic vision of the smart
city to be forthcoming with smart propositions will be vital.
We carriers are re-imagining the role of technology and
connectivity, anticipating multiple needs and multiple speeds
in the smart city ecosystem.
our smart networks pulsate to make the heart of the smart city
Carriers’ must dos?
business intelligence and innovation; work together with other
smart city ecosystem players to develop a network norm that
facilitates solutions such as LPWAiii on mobile networks;
anticipate the arrival of new entrants seeking a share of pie;
review the IP promise upwards! Carriers must invest in
ultra-broadband network, expansion, optimisation and cost
efficiency improvement, and also adapt technologies, offers,
pricing strategies to answer the rising need of smart