Broadband Communities

SEP 2018

BROADBAND COMMUNITIES is the leading source of information on digital and broadband technologies for buildings and communities. Our editorial aims to accelerate the deployment of Fiber-To-The-Home and Fiber-To-The-Premises.

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BROADBAND APPLICATIONS 6 2 | B R O A D B A N D C O M M U N I T I E S | w w w. b r o a d b a n d c o m m u n i t i e s . c o m | A U G U S T / S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 8 Smarter, Safer Cities Need Fiber The internet of things promises to streamline municipal functions. Key to the success of any smart-city initiative is a robust fiber backbone. By Diane Bloemker / Arch Fiber Networks C ities are growing. By 2050, more than 67 percent of the world's population will live in cities, according to the United Nations. at's an increase of more than 50 percent over today's numbers. Although cities can expect a host of benefits from this population increase – more talented professionals, more businesses, more tax revenue – they'll also see major strains on their infrastructures and resources. Smart solutions for waste management, safety, public transportation and more are needed to keep up with population growth and streamline municipal operations. Technology, specifically the deployment of internet of things (IoT) devices across metropolitan areas, may be the answer city officials have been searching for to keep up with this fast-approaching growth. But the success of smart cities will depend on the successful deployment of 5G networks and the availability of strong fiber backbones to support the significant bandwidth required to run hundreds of smart sensors and devices. HEIGHTENING SAFETY, STREAMLINING OPERATIONS IoT is a relatively simple concept with far- reaching implications for enterprises and cities alike. At a basic level, IoT refers to a network of interconnected devices and sensors that collect data and communicate with one another. With minimal human supervision, this data can be analyzed, monitored and acted upon in real time. e term "smart cities" was coined to describe pioneer cities that have started to leverage the power of these devices to tackle operational, safety and quality-of-life challenges – empowering them to accomplish more with less human power. ough the concept of smart cities is still in its infancy, there are already some standout examples of how IoT is transforming the way cities approach and solve decades-old challenges: • Preventing water shortages Among other smart initiatives, Barcelona has made use of in-ground sensors to monitor park irrigation, preventing overwatering and even water shortages. ough its transition to being a smart city is relatively recent, the foundation of its robust fiber network was laid decades ago when two municipal buildings were connected with fiber. Today, Barcelona boasts more than 300 miles of fiber throughout the city – which it will leverage as it transforms into a smart city. • Increasing the safety of high-risk areas Oklahoma City has just installed a system of more than 300 cameras throughout the city, Barcelona, which started laying a fiber backbone decades ago, now uses in- ground sensors to prevent overwatering in city parks.

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