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New roadmap for smart cities

The roadmap aims to give an overview of the technologies which have the greatest impact on evolving a smart city

The ATIS roadmap wants to highlight smart city ecosystems and applications
The ATIS roadmap wants to highlight smart city ecosystems and applications

The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS), which brings together the top global information and communication technology (ICT) companies to share experience and solutions, has developed the Smart Cities Technology Roadmap. It aims to help city planners understand what is on the horizon for tomorrow so that they can start developing their technology vision today.


ATIS claims the Roadmap is the first ICT industry publication for city decision-makers that provides an overview of the network-enabled technologies that will have greatest impact on evolving a smart city.


The goal is to foster better budgeting, purchasing and staging decisions. The result will be to position city decision makers to better manage their upcoming technology investments as they create the connected cities of the future.


It was developed through extensive discussions with city leaders, solution providers and manufacturers, all of whom are heavily invested in creating successful smart cities environments.


Organisations involved in the project include AT&T, Bell Canada, C-Spire, CenturyLink, Cisco, Cox Communications, Ericsson, Fujitsu, HPE, iconectiv, InterDigital, JMA Wireless, Motorola, NextNav, Nokia, Oracle, Qualcomm, Sprint, TELUS, Verizon, Viavi and West Safety Services.


"Rapidly advancing capabilities to collect and analyse constant real-time data are starting to help better manage many citizen-centric functions, improving traffic flow monitoring, public safety, and more," said ATIS President and CEO Susan Miller. "The Roadmap is a much-needed focal point for dialogue between city planners and the ICT industry."


ATIS points out that plans being made now will be more effective if cities consider the introduction of 5G solutions in the next few years. These deliver the promise of high bandwidth, low-latency and pervasive connectivity offering smart city ecosystems a new generation of applications.


The Roadmap helps planners look ahead to leverage advancements like these. It provides an overview of smart cities technology challenges and benefits and offers a high-level technology framework and summary of key technology enablers. It also includes a deeper analysis on the current state of standards, a review of technology choices, and an assessment of critical factors that may impact future deployment.


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