TORONTO, Canada -- At the Meeting of the Minds conference, Cisco today announced the release of Smart+Connected(TM) City Wi-Fi, an integrated solution geared toward helping global cities provide citywide connectivity and to establish a platform where the Internet of Things (IoT) can be fully utilized to develop new services for citizens. In modern-day urban centers, Wi-Fi accessibility goes beyond Internet access. With an underlying network in place, city officials are able to deliver the types of connected services that will help address the daily pain points of urban life -- areas such as parking, public safety and energy conservation. With ubiquitous Internet access, cities around the world are also better equipped to face broader challenges such as closing the digital divide and attracting investment.
End-to-End Solution Architecture : Smart+Connected City Wi-Fi integrates proven Cisco technologies to provide a practical and holistic approach for citywide wireless connectivity with high levels of security and privacy for location-based services. Highlights in the portfolio include the Cisco Wi-Fi outdoor mesh, Cisco's ruggedized routing and switching IoT portfolio, Cisco Prime(TM) and Mobility Services Engine (MSE) technologies. Smart+Connected City Wi-Fi creates city-managed outdoor Wi-Fi networks that optimize security of the data being transmitted and collected across the city. The solution is built via a three-layer logical architecture composed of the street layer (outdoor access points), city network layer (which connects hardware to the data center) and data network layer (which provides resources to enable city Wi-Fi applications and services).
City Use Cases : Together, the integrated Cisco technologies provide an end-to-end solution architecture that enables several different use cases: anytime, anywhere access for citizens, citizen participation and data collection, local commerce stimulation and the formation of a foundational network for Internet of Everything innovations within the city infrastructure.
Stakeholder Engagement: Consistent with all of Cisco's Smart+Connected Communities efforts, the new Wi-Fi solution is delivered with stakeholders in mind -- including the city council, citizens, Cisco service providers and the app building community. With each party playing a unique but interconnected role, new and innovative business models are produced within mutually beneficial ecosystems. Cisco provides the solution design and underlying technology; the city council takes ownership of the assets and provides the key data; citizens experience and benefit from the new services; service providers can create new professional and managed services; and software developers can utilize the wireless platform to build and deploy new applications.
Around the world, customers have utilized the existing Wi-Fi solution components to enable connectivity and transform service delivery to citizens:
* Jay Walter, public works director, San Carlos (California): "Cisco's end-to-end Wi-Fi network and Streetline's Parker app have improved the parking experience in the downtown San Carlos area. With embedded sensors delivering real-time parking information via the app, drivers have a better idea of where open spots are available. Finding parking close to your destination can be challenging, and Streetline has been able to take advantage of technology to address the concerns of our citizens and deliver very timely information for those searching for a parking spot."