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CommScope joins Smart Cities Council

There are more than 250 smart cities projects in progress globally and that figure is expected to increase significantly


Kurk: cities need to have infrastructure in place to support
Kurk: cities need to have infrastructure in place to support

CommScope has been named as a lead partner of the Smart Cities Council which aims to help transform cities and support the growth of digital technology and intelligent solutions.


The telecoms company provides infrastructure solutions for communications networks and, like the council, its vision for smart cities is to connect and optimise services and resources to meet the demands of population growth.


From emergency response and transportation to citizen services and smart living, one of the critical needs cities have today is a reliable communications network infrastructure to enable the integrated, cross-cutting technologies that comprise a smart city, said CommScope.


“The United Nations estimates that 70 per cent of the world population will be urban by 2050, which means cities will need to have infrastructure in place to support ‘supercity’ growth and densification,” said Morgan Kurk, chief technology officer at CommScope.


“We are excited to be a lead partner with the Smart Cities Council as we look at the needs of cities and the people who live there.”


CommScope’s wireless and fibre optic solutions for smart cities connect buildings, cell towers, street gear, people and other devices throughout the city and within commercial buildings and venues.


Any public or private network, whether wired or wireless, is enabled by CommScope solutions, including emergency response, traffic monitoring and control, parking, security and access control for buildings, cell phones, Internet of Things (IoT) devices, facial recognition and violence detection.


There are more than 250 smart cities projects in progress globally, according to Navigant Research, and that number is expected to increase significantly over the next several years.


“The goal of the Smart Cities Council is to help city leaders create a vision, build an action plan and measure the success of their smart city initiatives,” said Jesse Berst, chairman of the council.


“We are delighted to have CommScope working with us to help cities better understand the technologies that will enhance livability, workability and sustainability in their communities.”



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