Fiber is crucial in the formation of so-called “Smart Cities.” The meaning of a Smart City is quite broad and requires the need to define and develop new technologies involved with it.
Generally speaking, a “Smart City” is a metropolis that utilizes information and communications technology to run the entirety of the city. Its goal is to make living in it more efficient, sustainable, and friendly to the environment, etc. for the benefit of the people, the economy and the city itself.
Here’s a list by THEFOA about the services in a “Smart City” that needs the power of fiber optic cable:
Fiber Driven Communications
Communications is crucial for Smart Cities. Regardless whether its wireless or landline communications, CATV, or high speed Internet – Smart Cities are highly dependent on these services for public and commercial use. Smart Cities are embracing new technology, such as small cells and DAS (Distributed Antenna Systems), in a very rapid way to provide exceptional communications services to its residents.
A good example is how the city of Los Angeles, CA, is starting to install smart street lights. These street lights are LED lighting that use small cell wireless antennas tucked away in the wide area of the light pole close to the top. These cells provide cities with good cellular service, while eliminating the need for ugly cell towers.
Online City Services
Details about the city – as well as the services the city offers – should be available and accessible to the citizens. Important city services should have the option to be accomplished online instead of in person.
Smart traffic signals and traffic monitoring, parking as well as forms of vehicle communications, will be able to facilitate traffic in the future.
Public Safety Announcements
The use of fiber optic technology in Smart Cities will make public safety communications more responsive and responsible.
Surveillance and Security
In the past, video surveillance has been the go-to in terms of city-wide surveillance. However, today, new types of sensors are being installed, such as gunshot sensors that can sense gunshots and locate the source using fiber optic and audio technology.
Smart Cities link schools, libraries, and the teachers to share info and maximize the educational experience for the students. Students are educated via the Internet in ways that train them for work in high-tech companies in the future.
New technology monitors and controls public utilities – from electricity, to gas and sewage – in more efficient and economical ways.
Smart City economy relies on a healthy and growing business base. This goes far beyond just giving high speed Internet to businesses; it means providing really high bandwidth services to smart businesses in the metro.
All of the factors mentioned above contribute to a city where both citizens and local businesses will find opportunities for honing new ideas that benefit from the Smart City services. These factors encourage and facilitate entrepreneurship and operation of commerce based on data and technology.