Reliable Wireless Connectivity at the heart of every Smart City

The rising demand for high-performance technology is becoming increasingly critical to the evolution of cities’ operations. Cities are changing in a way that quality of life is prioritized, and residential safety is ensured. With that being said, Edzcom & Signify are partnering up with the City of Tampere for a Smart City Deployment, providing a city-wide wireless network capable of managing smart city applications.

The presence of Smart Cities stands for the need to improve people’s quality of life, to enrich cultural assets as well as boost economic growth. In the procedure to achieve such goals, cities start to notice it is essential to leverage wireless technologies to maximize the use in collecting and managing data.

In this partnership, Edzcom, European market leader in Edge Connectivity, will provide a single point of contact to design, build and operate private networks tailored to meet the digital needs of the City of Tampere. These networks will allow multi-technology applications from connecting various departments in a flexible way. Meanwhile, Signify, the world leader in lighting, introduces a disruptive technology, transforming the existing lighting infrastructure into a wireless platform for broadband connectivity. The easy-to-deploy, cost effective, scalable, and sustainable solution ensures the flexibility of onboarding new and untapped use cases.

With Signify building the infrastructure and Edzcom designing the private networks, a solid foundation is laid for the City of Tampere, enabling endless potential of new intelligent and possibilities for a truly connected smart city.

Smart cities are fundamentally built with smart networks. An optimized and tailored connectivity will bring together the city ecosystem, in which the infrastructure for exchanging information is readily available and highly, securely connected. This makes it easy for residents, businesses, and the government to share data, thus generating a circular economy, greater efficiency in energy use, and a healthier society, resulting in an attractive city for businesses and tourists.

With private networks, cities will be equipped with advanced technology for close monitoring, connected lighting and in-building transportation. Smart Cities technology, additionally, allows the government to keep track and manage operations much more easily through city asset tracking, mission critical communication and outdoor surveillance to ensure the security and well-being of citizens. Now that it is the era of data transfer, a thorough, well-managed, purpose-designed wireless connectivity is needed for efficient, secured data exchange and for adequate legislation and governance.

To maximise the efficiency of our urban environments, systems are needed to control the flow of information. With its ability to detect, generate and interpret data from traffic flows and weather patterns to the number of people in an area, cities will use Internet of Things to support new services and become more efficient.

The future of city management is already here — it just needs to extend its capabilities by taking advantage of faster data transmission speeds and reliable connectivity offered by Private Networks.

The backbone of smart cities is the vision to offer better living conditions for the citizens, building healthier and more sustainable communities.