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Texas Town Deploys Smart City Foundation
Scientel Solutions LLC this week announced it has been tapped by the City of Allen, Texas to help it install a smart city network platform. This network will serve as the foundation for public safety applications, parking and traffic optimization, and Wi-Fi at some parks.
This engagement will involve Scientel replacing the city’s Ceragon (News - Alert) 311 megabit per second core network, which is based on a star topology, with a higher capacity solution. The new network will support 1.4 gigabit per second connectivity and based on Cambium Networks, Cisco (News - Alert) Systems, and SIAE Microelectronica Wireless technologies. Scientel Solutions will act as the CLEC and systems integrator.
Cambium Networks is providing the technology for outdoor network distribution. Cisco Systems (News - Alert) is delivering the routing and switching capabilities between the Allen network, cloud services, and the internet. And SIAE Microelectronica Wireless is supplying the metro core.
Following the upgrade, which is expected to be complete by the end of October, Scientel Solutions says the city’s network will become more resilient. For example, the new network, which will serve about 100,000 residents, will be able to continue operations even in the event of single-point failures like fiber cuts.
"Adding this high-speed wireless backbone will provide improved network reliability for critical locations such as fire stations and police substation, ensuring our first responders can get the information they need at all times," said Eric Matthews, I.T. Director for the City of Allen. "The new wireless network also ensures that if the network connecting City buildings is cut in one location, the City will remain operational as digital traffic will reroute around the network across the new wireless links."
To date, says Jacques Vermeulen, director of smart cities for Nokia (News - Alert), cities have pursued more vertical approaches to their IoT implementations – addressing a specific pain point like parking congestion with an individual smart parking application. However, he adds, such solutions typically lack the ability to combine their data sets from data from other applications. And those single-focus solutions can be unsustainable in terms of cost and scale, he adds.
That’s why some cities, such as Calgary and Singapore (as well as Allen, Texas), are now coming at IoT with a horizontal approach. That entails deploying new broadband network infrastructure to create the foundation for IoT deployments, he says.
Edited by Maurice Nagle