Thursday, September 12, 2013

Cisco Aims for Citywide Wi-Fi and Connected Services

Cisco introduced its Smart+Connected City Wi-Fi integrated solution geared toward helping municipalities provide citywide connectivity.  The aim is to establish a platform where the Internet of Things (IoT) can be fully utilized to develop new services for citizens.

Smart+Connected City Wi-Fi integrates Cisco technologies to provide a practical and holistic approach for citywide wireless connectivity with high levels of security and privacy for location-based services.

The portfolio includes the Cisco Wi-Fi outdoor mesh, Cisco’s ruggedized routing and switching IoT portfolio, Cisco Prime and Mobility Services Engine (MSE) technologies.

Smart+Connected City Wi-Fi creates city-managed outdoor Wi-Fi networks that optimize security of the data being transmitted and collected across the city. The solution is built via a three-layer logical architecture composed of the street layer (outdoor access points), city network layer (which connects hardware to the data center) and data network layer (which provides resources to enable city Wi-Fi applications and services).

“Cities today are up against a myriad of challenges brought on by factors such as the massive growth in population and the global competitive landscape. In a world where 15 billion connected devices are projected to exist by 2015 and 50 billion by 2020, cities have the opportunity to transform the way citizens experience urban life. With an intelligent networking platform in place, you create new and innovative services to address the issues of the 21st century,” stated Wim Elfrink, EVP of Industry Solutions and chief globalisation officer, Cisco.

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