Cisco Smart+Connected City Wi-Fi gains momentum

Cisco said Smart+Connected City Wi-Fi integrates Cisco technologies to provide citywide wireless connectivity with security and privacy for location-based services.

Cisco Wi-Fi outdoor mesh, Cisco’s ruggedized routing and switching IoT portfolio, Cisco Prime and Mobility Services Engine (MSE) technologies are part of the smart city solution.

Cisco says 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).

The new Wi-Fi solution is delivered with stakeholders in mind – including the city council, citizens, Cisco service providers and the app building community.

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Cisco’s Wi-Fi network and Streetline’s Parker app have improved the parking experience in the downtown San Carlos area.

“With embedded sensors delivering real-time parking information via the app, drivers have a better idea of where open spots are available. Finding parking close to your destination can be challenging, and Streetline has been able to take advantage of technology to address the concerns of our citizens and deliver very timely information for those searching for a parking spot,” said Jay Walter, public works director, San Carlos (California).

Cisco’s mobility platform helps Zaragoza City Council (Spain) deliver on its vision to be one of the most innovative digital cities.

“The public Wi-Fi network of the city provides a unique foundation to deliver enhanced connectivity to citizens, while developing smart city applications and innovative services such as the Virtual University Campus. This will allow a university community of more than 25,000 members to interconnect ideas, talent and projects,” said Daniel Sarasa, urban Innovation project manager for Zaragoza City Council (Spain).

Khalid Al Arfaj, CIO, King Abdullah Financial District (Saudi Arabia) led the Smart+Connected City project across the 64-tower mixed residential and business development at KAFD:

“We gained a lot by that experience and now have a solid IPT video platform that can accommodate all our customers’ needs,” Arfaj said.

“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,” said Wim Elfrink, EVP of Industry Solutions and chief globalisation officer, Cisco.

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