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Why Fibre Is Key In Building Smart Cities

Cities around the globe have been transforming from traditional to smart cities that will benefit everyone. Fibre optics and IoT are substantial and helping us get one step closer to this reality

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As cities around the world are growing, there is a need for them to get smarter in order to tackle the issues related to large scale urbanization. Today, interconnected technologies that can communicate, transfer and analyze data are required in every urban infrastructure, right from transportation to energy saving to social development. At the heart of the smart city is high-speed fiber networks that will provide the communications infrastructure to transport the tremendous volumes of data to cloud-based systems and will turn numbers into actions.

Here are the reasons that highlight the importance of fiber optic cables in the smart cities:

  • Surveillance and Security

In order to improve the quality of life for residents, the first step is safety for any city to evolve as a Smart City. In the past few years, implementation of surveillance cameras has improved public safety and prevented crime. However, today new types of sensors are installed and those are way too advanced than basic surveillance cameras and requires high data transmitting speed. Thus, Fiber optics play a very crucial role here. For instance, there are sensors that can sense gunshots and locate the source using fiber optic and audio technology.

  • Traffic Control

Traffic is one of the most significant challenges in the cities that are experiencing rapid growth. Thus, the need for fiber Optics is increasing, as it’s used at many places in order to tie together the enormously-complex networks that control sensors like the traffic lights, message signs, cameras and other traffic systems technology. For instance, Barcelona tried to improve urban mobility with smart technology by introducing parking management and traffic control cameras in the city. The sensors at parking spots and video with analytic functionality provide real-time data on parking availability while the traffic control cameras are connected by fibre optics to the transport authority. They can monitor traffic in real time, making the control centre more efficient and intelligent for them to increase or reduce the frequency of green lights according to the traffic conditions.

  • Smart Buildings

Smart homes can be connected with City facilities through fiber optic internet and can be transformed into “smart buildings”. Smart buildings have the ability to provide centralized telecommunications services, security, climate control, and lighting systems. Here fiber optic cables provide the best means of handling this data and transmitting it around a facility.

Cities around the globe have been transforming from traditional to smart cities that will benefit everyone. Fibre optics and IoT are substantial and helping us get one step closer to this reality. Reliability, security and speed are key to the efficient implementation of Smart cities and IoT and fibre optics are one of the first real time solutions available today.

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Arati Naik

The author is Chief Operating Officer at DIGISOL Systems Ltd. Arati is responsible for helping DIGISOL scale its operations and expand its presence on a national level. Arati started her career at Smartlink in March 2008 as a Project Consultant where she imbibed key elements of Product Development, People Management, Developing key strategies for Product Launches and Innovation.

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