Category: Smart Building

The Future of Smart Cities

Smart Cities are fully connected, sustainable, energy efficient, and socially friendly communities that use their infrastructure to intelligently improve the quality of life of those who live and visit there. While technology enables much of what makes a city “smart,” – like sensors, data analytics, etc. – the future really isn’t about technology as an end itself, but rather serving the needs of the various stakeholders that comprise a community. Using technology to solve social problems while improving quality of life is truly the definition of “smart.”

Four Smart City Infrastructure Strategies

By 2050, 68% of the world’s population will live in urban areas. There are many definitions for smart cities, but for this article, let’s take a simple approach by defining a smart city as a connected city where citizens, technology and processes, such as garbage collection, can all be connected. None of this happens without the fundamental connectivity layer. The demographic shift combined with a continuous growth of IoT and management apps require city planners to start thinking about their smart city vision. Let’s talk about four strategies city planners can consider.

IoT in the Office

IoT is changing office buildings. From sensors that control lighting and air conditioning to smart furniture, the office environment is becoming more energy efficient and will better support employee health concerns by adding functionality and comfort. And, of course, everything would be Wi-Fi enabled.

Part 1: Three ways to grow multi-operator in-building services

The demand for in-building services continues to grow. Flexible working practices have led to a focus on cellular services for everyday operations. An increase in BYOD policies ultimately means a greater reliance on high quality, multi-operator cellular services. The delivery of multi-operator, venue-funded in-building cellular services are dependent on three elements; 1) wider mobile network operator acceptance of the challenge and the resolve to look at new solutions and operational models; 2) technical solutions that have common acceptance across all operators and 3) the expertise required to deploy and manage such a service.