At the Meeting of the Minds conference held in Toronto this week, Cisco Systems Inc. released Smart+Connected City Wi-Fi, an integrated portfolio offering, which it said is “geared toward helping global cities provide citywide connectivity and to establish a platform where the Internet of Things (IoT) can be fully utilized to develop new services for citizens.
“In modern-day urban centres, Wi-Fi accessibility goes beyond Internet access. With an underlying network in place, city officials are able to deliver the types of connected services that will help address the daily pain points of urban life -- areas such as parking, public safety and energy conservation. With ubiquitous Internet access, cities around the world are also better equipped to face broader challenges such as closing the digital divide and attracting investment.”
The offering includes the Cisco Wi-Fi outdoor mesh, Cisco’s ruggedized routing and switching IoT portfolio, Cisco Prime and Mobility Services Engine (MSE) technologies.
It 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,” said Wim Elfrink, Cisco’s chief globalization officer. “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.”
Further coverage of the Meeting of the Minds conference will appear in the Nov./Dec. issue of CNS.