Infrastructure for Smart Cities
– a paradigm shift for city connectivity
INCA 30th Oct 2013
What is a smart city?
A smart city is where every person and
every device in the city is provided with all
the information they need to make smart
decisions about what to do now, and what
plans to make for the future, in a way that
enables the city as a whole to work well.
• In order for this to happen, all potentially
useful data needs to be collected,
aggregated appropriately, put into the
most useful format and delivered in a
timely manner to everyone and
everything that could use it.
• And a city needs a connectivity
infrastructure that can support this
Implications for a city
• Simply aiming for high quality internet
connectivity for businesses and
residents will not work
• Not enough just to think about the
technology – the commercials are just
• Needs a complete rethink!
This means ...
Connectivity needs to be:
•Ubiquitous and seamless
•Wired and wireless
•Able to deliver data at every level of
security and QoS
•Under flexible and easy to access
A standardised approach
“80% of the problems and opportunities facing your city
are common to many other cities and can be best dealt
with using standardised approaches. By joining with
other cities to help develop these, you can make rapid
progress with comparatively little effort.
“This will allow you to focus more of your efforts on the
other 20% that makes your city unique.”
•The City Protocol Society www.cityprotocol.org
•The British Standards Institution
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