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Comms infrastructure is the ‘cornerstone’ of smart cities

Speaking at Broadband World Forum, the critical comms specialist said safety must not be compromised when developing the cities of the future

Critical communications technology must keep pace with a smart city's demands
Critical communications technology must keep pace with a smart city's demands

As smart cities are on the increase across the globe, it is vital that they have smart communications solutions as part of their infrastructure from the outset, a delegation at Broadband World Forum 2017, which took place in Berlin this week, was told.


Placing a focus on new and emerging technologies facing market testing, Paul Ward, international sales director, Etelm, warned safety must not be compromised when developing the smart cities of the future.


“We are living through extraordinary times where rapid technological advancements are being accomplished around the globe,” said Ward.


“However, critical communications solution providers need to ensure that legacy and pre-existing infrastructure can keep pace with the new demands being placed on them, while also future-proofing new solutions and infrastructures to guarantee the challenges of today are not replicated in the future.”


According to Etelm, critical communications solution providers face increasing demands as smart cities become a reality. The key issue for any technology investment is to avoid obsolescence and choose a technology that has a long-term future based on non-proprietary technology and one which is introducing new and advanced functionality.


Ward reckons that this marks an opportunity to integrate advanced critical communications solutions and said the approach should be to develop a solution based on LTE standards, but the solution must be proven and reliable from inception.


Interoperability is seen as increasingly important across all technology verticals, with the focus being on Tetra, 4G, and 5G.


“Etelm’s view is that 4G and 5G have a significant role in the future for mission critical users and smart services.However, it will take several years for these services be fully tested, reach maturity, and meet all the user requirements,” added Ward.


“For this reason, our focus is on unifying technologies, which reinvigorate legacy infrastructure while also ensuring it is future-proofed, enabling solutions to be smart city ready, now.”


The manufacturer of mission critical communications systems has published a whitepaper, 4G Linked integrated solution for smart campus communications and security, which argues that a ‘one-sized-fits-all’ approach to critical communications does not work.


The whitepaper explains why new and emerging technologies have the potential to reinvigorate legacy infrastructure such as Tetra, and why the focus must shift to interoperability as technologies increasingly converge.



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