City influencers and managers, politicians, operational staff, elected leaders and leading IT innovators came together in an event focused on “smart infrastructure” as the backbone of smart cities, during 3-5 October 2017 in Washington DC.
During 3-5 October 2017, Washington DC hosted the third annual Smart Cities Week, an event aimed at raising awareness towards the growing need for developing a smart infrastructure in order to make cities more adapted to the challenges of our age. The conference was mainly divided into four major categories: connected and autonomous vehicles, infrastructure investment, networking and climate resilience.
The need for an updated smart infrastructure is viewed by experts as being of adamant importance, due to the impacts it has on matters such as: healthy living – by making cities cleaner, less polluted and congested; job creation – by creating a growing need for experts in fields such as energy, connectivity, computing, networking and others; and increased sustainability – by creating an environment which does not take away from future generations.
During the event in Washington DC, Philip Bane, managing director for the Smart Cities Council, acknowledged this need for change by saying “All the experts agree that our infrastructure is old, needing funding and deteriorating quickly”. Bane and other experts in the field realise that failing to adopt a smart infrastructure will eventually lead to a decreased competitive edge in favour of cities and countries that manage this transformation.
Experts in the field agree that the US is currently lagging behind in this perspective and that cities in Western Europe or, even more so, cities such as Singapore or Dubai are far ahead in this ‘race’. Events like Smart Cities Week bring experts and decision makers together and encourage collaboration. The results of such events can be seen in projects such as the one in Kansas City which is working with Cisco and is on route to become the Largest “Smart City” in North America.
Flashnet was invited to this event as a MachineQ key partner and sole supplier for lighting control. Its InteliLIGHT LoRaWAN compatible streetlight control solution was presented as one of the smart applications built to improve city management and street lighting efficiency. Deployed over a LoRaWAN™ compatible network developed by MachineQ, inteliLIGHT® is only one of the available services that can be integrated into smart city designs.
Part of the worldwide IoT revolution, machineQ is working to build the LoRaWAN™ ecosystem in the US. Currently, they provide 100% LoRaWAN™ coverage in the City of Philadelphia and 50%+ in the outlying areas. The fast-paced coverage is aiming for 50% coverage in the Bay Area and Chicago within the next two months, with plans to multiply their efforts and bring even more cities into the world of IoT.
Furthermore, machineQ is encouraging local IoT business initiatives and Smart City startups. LoRaWAN® is affordable to install and operate, shortening the time-to-market and lowering the market penetration barriers for IoT companies. Using LoRaWAN™, there is a shorter way from idea to final product, and machineQ is supporting business initiatives and technology communities to invest in IoT development by hosting LoRa™ hackathons and funding startups transitioning to or already using LoRaWAN™.
The LoRa Alliance is an open, nonprofit association that has grown to over 500 members since its inception in March 2015. Its members promote the LoRaWAN protocol as the leading open global standard for secure, carrier-grade IoT LPWAN connectivity. With the technical flexibility to address a broad range of IoT applications, both static and mobile, and a certification program to guarantee interoperability, LoRaWAN has already been deployed by major mobile network operators globally. (https://www.lora-alliance.org/)
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FLASHNET is a fast-paced tech company that integrates the latest IT, energy and telecommunications technologies into hardware and software solutions, creating and implementing intelligent systems for smarter cities and better infrastructure. Founded in 2005, FLASHNET is a leader in intelligent utility management systems, with worldwide operations. Flashnet is a member of the LoRa Alliance™. (www.flashnet.ro)
inteliLIGHT® is a smart street lighting control solution that offers detailed lamp-level management capabilities and ensures that the right amount of light is provided where and when needed. In-depth grid awareness is obtained through accurate utility-grade readings of any changes occurring along the grid, reducing energy loss and offering advanced maintenance optimization tools. Using the existing infrastructure, you can have live detailed information over the grid and transform the existing distribution level network into an intelligent infrastructure of the future. (www.inteliLIGHT.eu)