From Smart to Open Cities

In Open Cities, smart technologies enable sustainable innovation and growth – for the good of people, communities and local businesses

Globally, about 55% of the population lives in Cities today, and this trend is expected to continue with about 70% doing so by 2050. Combined with the overall growth of global population, this could add another 2.5 billion people to urban areas by 2050, with close to 90% of this increase taking place in Asia and Africa.

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 an Open City is, and how it should look like. We picture Cities as smart, interoperable 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.

In the Internet of Things age, turning street lighting, parking management, videosurveillance, WiFi, etc. into smart services requires the implementation of a network infrastructure to connect all related field objects, allow remote monitoring and control, and enable data-driven decisions.

But deploying single-application platforms proved to be ineffective and very expensive in the long run. One of the most important challenges for Cities is interoperability, that is the opportunity to develop a unique, performing and reliable network supporting any kind of urban application over the same infrastructure – the best option to improve City services and achieve concrete, measurable results, while building for a sustainable future.

We have always been advocating open standards and interoperability, making them a distinctive feature of our smart IoT solutions – that’s why we decided to join the uCIFI Alliance together with MinebeaMitsumi Group, and contribute to the development of open, multi-supplier, interoperable, multi-transport wireless communication solutions for Smart Cities and utilities.

Our PE Smart Urban Network allows Cities to finally move away from siloed, non-integrated choices imposing the management of urban services one by one. Thanks to the interoperable, standard-based and reliable network enabling any Wireless IoT and Wireless Highspeed IoT application, it reconcilies a far-sighted Smart perspective with the need of thoughtful, gradual decisions.

PE Smart Urban Network offers City managers higher efficiency and greater quality in operating key urban services, with improved decision making and quicker return on investment. Leveraging data generated by connected objects and sensors, it becomes possible to reduce power consumption and GHG emissions of streetlights up to 80%, increase parking facilities usage and reduce traffic congestion up to 30%, make Cities more agreeable, liveable and safer.

New! PE Smart Urban Network now integrates blockchain technology to grant the highest possible cybersecurity and enable the monetization of urban device-generated data.

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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, it imposes no limits to the integration of new or additional sensors, and the design of new services. It is the most flexible and complete Smart City solution on the market, providing the most advanced ready-to-use smart software and hardware components to build a self-configuring and self-healing mesh network, fully engineered for affordable ease of deployment and auto-commissioning processes.

Main components of PE Smart Urban Network are:

  • PE Smart CMS, the open management platform for smart, secure City services, controlling small up to large networks with over 200’000 objects
  • PE Smart Nodes, the IPv6/6LoWPAN hardware radio devices to interface and connect field objects such as streetlights, parking lots, meters, waste bins, etc.
  • PE Smart Gateways, leveraging IPv6 and IPv4 protocols, and operating as border routers, network coordinators and data concentrators
  • PE IoT Engine, the hardware radio communication device to build interoperable, fully customized solutions and applications for the Internet of Things and Smart Cities

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

Tinynode smart parking
PE Smart Lighting Node NEMA Neptune
PE Smart Gateway Neptune
PE Smart CMS Neptune