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Future proofing smart city data communication infrastrucure

Many municipalities are interested in investing in smart city infrastructure to monitor and manage resource consumption, traffic congestion, et cetera, and to add value to urban living through intelligent analysis of data gathered from sensor networks.  The technology that enables monitoring and management on urban scales is emerging.  One issue that is holding back many municipalities is the question of what infrastructure to embed in order to allow data communication for all the anticipated sensors that may be installed in the future.

 

What do you think is the best strategy that will future proof data communication infrastructure in a smart city context?

Poll Results
  • Invest in some sort of RF based mesh network. (15%)
    4/27
  • Install copper wire shallow utility conduit. CAT 6 - or similar. (4%)
    1/27
  • Install optical fibre shallow utility conduit. (30%)
    8/27
  • Hybrid of RF plus wired. (44%)
    12/27
  • Something else?  Please leave a comment. (7%)
    2/27

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