If the latest trends of urbanization in India are
believed, people will want to settle in a city atmosphere, even though they’ll
be more crowded with higher levels of carbon emissions. The biggest reason for
this is because there are more opportunities for human prosperity in and around
People have long
been building up cities with the blend of craftsmanship and technology. But
recently, we have been able to use software and devices to monitor and govern
the city in real time. The Internet of Things leads to an increase in
penetration of connectivity in urban surroundings, ranging from people’s homes
and cars to garbage bins and LED lights in offices.
SMART & SMACT relation
A smart city is defined as a city that adopts scalable
solutions to take advantage of information and communications technology to
increase efficiencies, reduce costs and enhance the quality of life. From
devices in your hand, in vehicles you drive, in schools where you learn and in
public places you visit, data will empower you every moment, driven by ICT
The concept of
SMACT (Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud and
Things) has become the lifestyle of urban citizens.
This leads to more data, which needs more Internet bandwidth and ultimately
for ICT solutions
The move to cities coupled with the services enabled make intelligent buildings one of the
essential aspects for planning considerations. Convergence is the key to leveraging two or more technologies on a
single device or system. Convergence is no longer limited to only computers and
office networks. It is the capability of the Internet to act as a single
foundation for various services that traditionally had their proprietary
platforms, protocols and physical infrastructure.
This invites all new applications,
platforms, design architecture and physical connectivity media, like enterprise
LAN, fixed and wireless broadband, FTTH, 4G, Wi-Fi, sensors, OT & IT, surveillance,
energy management and more.
on Physical Connectivity
wireless, the connections need to support various applications (Wi-Fi 802.11 ac
wave 2, 4 Pair PoE / PoE++, 10GBASE-T, NBASE-T etc.) with the ability to
communicate with next generation IP devices and Internet of Things. These
trends advocate the copper cabling in smart buildings to use Category 6A.
Automation in IT
infrastructure adds to its “smartness” and is crucial in becoming pro-active
and providing better control, easy documentation and management of the IT
assets. AIM, TIA 606-B, for example, lays the
foundation for intelligent infrastructure and gives IT managers complete control
of their network.
live in a time of fiber-to-the-everywhere (FTTx) to support services of smart
cities. Its adoption in commercial buildings is known as O-LAN or POL (passive optical LAN) that leverages the benefit of
fiber for higher bandwidth and longer lengths. The suggestion to go with O-LAN will
be based on deliberate considerations of the business requirements and
understanding of building structure, layout etc. POL’s energy saving and
environmental sustainability, on the other hand, makes it one of the
significant contributors to green
we are all part of the network that can have a huge impact on economical choices.
It is the connectivity that needs to be smart enough to make all information available
anywhere, anytime. It also needs to be available at ever-increasing speeds to
be stored, processed, analyzed and communicated back to fulfil the true purpose
of a smart city.
in a smart, or SMACT, city are you excited to see put into place?