Framing a new definition of Smart Cities

A Smart City is a dynamic, sentient infrastructure, where urban objects are connected to a smart network – it all starts from data, in a genuine Internet of Things spirit

Globally, over 50% of the population lives in Cities today, and this trend is expected to continue with about 70% doing so by 2050. This means there will be 2 billion more urban residents, probably overcrowding the 40 megacities with over 10 million inhabitants which already exist, and creating new giant City conglomerates – even adding complexity to present urban communities, regardless of their dimensions.

The speed and scale of urbanization boosts demand for energy, infrastructures, affordable housing, well-connected mobility systems, healthcare and education, as well as quality of life and jobs.

Urban infrastructures are under severe stress, as it becomes harder build inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable Cities, and satisfy people expectations even for basic services.

At Paradox Engineering, we have a clear vision of what a Smart City is, and how it should look like. We picture Cities as distributed communication systems connecting people and businesses, and enabling any kind of private or public activity through a myriad of services such as energy distribution, transportation, street lighting, waste management, and many more.

At the bottom line, Cities are networks of objects – think of streetlights, meters, parking lots, waste bins, WiFi hotspots, video surveillance cameras, etc. – which are usually conceived as dumb, isolated devices. In the Internet of Things spirit, we can inject intelligence into all these objects and transform them into smart nodes of a wider network, allowing them to receive and transmit data and execute commands, thus enabling remote monitoring and adaptive control functions.

When a City heads for smartness, it usually takes a step-by-step approach. Every City is indeed unique, and our experience tells that turning Smart is a gradual process in most cases, as every community needs to find its own pace mirroring local needs and available resources. However, a forward-looking Smart strategy is always to be recommended.

In search for future-proof solutions, real significant benefits can be achieved when Cities finally move away from siloed, non-integrated choices imposing the management of urban services one by one. Having a unique, performing and reliable network supporting both Wireless IoT and Wireless Highspeed IoT over the same infrastructure is the best option to manage and improve any kind of existing or future service – reconciling a far-sighted Smart perspective with the need of thoughtful, gradual decisions.

That’s why PE Smart Urban Network can be a game changer for truly Smart Cities.

 

PE Smart Urban Network is a radical breakthrough for Smart Cities. Providing a revolutionary and next generation connectivity platform and applications ecosystem, it allows to manage urban services more efficiently and improve citizen satisfaction, making Cities more agreeable, livable and safer.

The real news about PE Smart Urban Network is the opportunity to have a unified, interoperable infrastructure to manage both multi-sensor Wireless IoT and Wireless Highspeed IoT networks to enable sensor based applications on one hand and pervasive WiFi and other high-bandwidth applications on the other hand. This allows Cities to connect and control a number of smart applications, sensors and actuators, solving major urban challenges and needs.

PE Smart Urban Network is a true future-proof investment: being completely standard-based (IPv6 and IPv4, 802.15.4g, 6LoWPAN) and advocating Wi-SUN and LoRa alliances, PE Smart Urban Network imposes no limits to the integration of new or additional sensors, and the design of new services.

PE Smart Urban Network is far beyond a mere connectivity platform. It is the most flexible and complete Smart City solution on the market, providing the most advanced ready-to-use smart hardware and software components to build a self-configuring and self-healing mesh network, fully engineered for affordable ease of deployment and auto-commissioning processes.

Key hardware elements are PE Smart Nodes and PE Smart Gateways, respectively acting at the network edge and as network coordinators. PE Smart CMS is the web-based software management system to control the entire PE Smart Urban Network and all Wireless IoT and Wireless Highspeed IoT applications.

Key urban services among the ones supported by PE Smart Urban Network are: