A connected revolution is already happening – are you prepared for it?

It is no longer a question of ‘if’ or ‘when’ the time comes that our towns and cities need to become ‘smarter’ to meet the demands of the future; that time is already upon us.

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In the midst of this connectivity revolution, however, local authorities are facing a myriad of challenges to innovate, participate and reap the benefits.

Funding / budget cuts (managing projects and long-term affordability)
Digital inclusion and transformation priorities
Emerging technologies / access to infrastructure
Central government policy / legislation

To meet these challenges head on and turn them into opportunities, there is no doubt that our urban ecosystems – from transport and parking, to refuse collection, healthcare and street-lighting, to lifestyle and tourism – need to become smarter and more connected, with the efficiencies, productivity and sustainability harnessed from such widespread proliferation of future digital innovation driving social, civic and commercial value akin to the arrival of the internet.

How we help local authorities make smart cities a reality:
Elements of our Connected City Platform

'Blanket', seamless connectivity

Unique, combined high-density WiFi and enterprise-grade LPWAN network, providing seamless, ‘blanket’ coverage across entire city centre areas.

Public WiFi connectivity for residents and visitors

  • Browsing
  • Apps
  • Wearables
  • WiFi-calling

LPWAN connectivity for future public and private sector applications

  • Smart Cities services
  • Internet of Things deployments
  • Virtual and Augmented reality
  • Autonomous vehicles and Drones
  • Artificial Intelligence

 

Mobile application platform: 'Citi-Wise'

App of Apps: Acting as the ‘digital key’ to the town or city, with a best-in-class user experience, providing access to the best of ‘what’s on’ and tourism / resident services, in partnership with national / global content providers, local authorities, BIDs and tourism groups.

Features include:

  • Restaurant and takeaway booking
  • Attraction and event tickets
  • Vouchers and shopping information
  • Taxis and parking booking
  • Hotel reservations
  • Planner function
  • Smart / IoT services integration

 

Analytics engine

Universal analytics engine, reporting / analysing valuable insights into how the city and its inhabitants interact.

Enhanced visibility / engagement with residents and visitors

  • Demographics
  • Footfall
  • Retail and local business dwell time

Potential for real-time, smart service insights / benefits

  • Public transport efficiency
  • Traffic reduction
  • Energy saving
  • Waste management
  • Pollution monitoring
  • Healthcare

 

Small Cells and 5G readiness

Small cells meet the capacity challenges of currently over-burdened mobile networks, preparing cities for a certain 5G future.

  • Meeting increasing consumer and business demand for seamless, robust coverage, wherever they are
  • Utilises same street assets and furniture as WiFi / LoRaWAN networks
  • Flexible, adaptable and cost-effective design and deployment, tailored to customer needs
  • Relationships with mobile network operators (MNOs), facilitated end-to-end

 

Research / innovation growth

Supporting academia and other innovation stakeholders through the enablement of robust city-wide connectivity and engaged audiences.

  • Deployment of live Smart City / IoT projects for research and commercial purposes
  • Supporting start-ups, incubators and accelerators
  • Test-bed and knowledge sharing

 

Our customers

Our Connected City Platform is currently live in four major UK towns and cities, with numerous more locations already signed up and in the pipeline.

If you are a local authority looking to provide public WiFi or seeking a connectivity solution for Smart Cities, the IoT or 5G / Small Cells in your town or city, or if you are interested in partnering with us around the Connected City Platform in any of our forthcoming town and city roll-outs, get in touch.

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