Smart City Technology
Many cities throughout the U.S. are discussing and embracing the so called “Smart City” concept.
Smart City applications to-date suggest it’s a term that is defined in many ways. It has been suggested that in order for a city to be smart, data generated and collected through Internet of Things technology must be used. The City of Yuma had this discussion and made a major commitment to become a Smart City through a partnership with Siemens and anyCOMM, an Internet of Things company based in Sacramento County, California. In the case of Yuma, the Smart City concept begins with the city’s streetlights which are being upgraded to LED bulbs. Siemens built the light assembly for the streetlights and anyCOMM developed a node that plugs into the new light assembly. When combined and fully deployed, the system will deliver high speed broadband connectivity citywide with a myriad of applications or uses. Yuma’s plans with regard to the Smart City technology includes;
- Placing up to 10,000 nodes on City street lights,
- When activated, the City will have wifi citywide to supplement and strengthen cell phone service capabilities,
- Data will be generated through the streetlights and nodes and used by the City through specific policies and protocols.
- Yuma will apply the new capabilities to enhance service delivery in a variety of areas,
- Capabilities of the system include advanced streetlight controls and audio/video sensor data which has significant implications for enhanced public safety,
- Discover new uses of the technology for public service delivery in order to improve quality of life measures for residents.
- Develop a network operations center in Yuma that will create up to 300 new jobs
- anyCOMM is committing nearly $10 million to the project
In 2019, Yuma will be the first city in the U.S. to fully deploy Smart City technology through a streetlight network designed by Siemens and anyCOMM. The potential of this new technology for enhanced city service delivery, budget savings, improved public safety effectiveness, and economic development is endless.