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Strategy 18: Expand Communications Infrastructure

Wired and wireless Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) form the backbone of Metro Government’s communications infrastructure, including access to the Internet. Many smart city technologies rely on continuous flow of voluminous data to optimize systems, service delivery or real-time reporting. Slow, intermittent or unavailable connectivity places undue limits on smart city applications and services. Metro has historically relied upon outside vendors for these services, including a far-flung leased fiber optic cable backbone for operations. As new communications technologies develop, Metro must be able to provide a coherent, stable, robust and scalable ICT network upon which to pilot and adopt those technologies to be prepared for when and how Metro operations and services begin to require them.

Strategic Actions

  1. Using the Broadband Plan developed by Metro Government as a guide, design and deploy extension of the current Metro-owned fiber infrastructure to support current and potential infrastructure projects.
  2. Pilot a conversion of standard street lighting to smart and connected LED-based street lighting to explore Metro network opportunities to integrate sensors to provide WiFi mesh and operational and data support of other Metro programs, in addition to reducing energy consumption.
  3. Partner with Vanderbilt and other universities to join USIgnite and establish a 100 gigabit internet pipe that will enable opportunities for development of a community application ecosystem that explores and utilizes the possibilities of massive bandwidth.
  4. Explore opportunities to expand the existing Metro Public WiFi footprint to incorporate additional Metro government locations to include more and broader Metro parks coverage, at housing authority facilities, and all Metro customer service sites beyond those presently served.

Case Study

Category: Smart LED Lighting

An Oasis of Integrated, Smart Technologies

Dubai Silicon Oasis is a smart community, part of whose strategy as an early adopter of technology services, is to become one of the first integrated communities in the region, utilizes smart LED street lights that can utilize lower levels of power when people are not present, provide feedback on environmental conditions and relay safety warnings.

Learn: Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority

Explore: Dubai Smart City