Samsung Is Designing The First National Network For Smart Cities
We are one step closer to a fully connected, closed loop city design
Streetlights that collect weather, air pollution and traffic information using built-in IoT sensors in order to increase cost efficiency and quality of life in urban areas may seem like a sci-fi scenario, but for inhabitants of Daegu, South Korea’s fourth largest city, this will become bread-and-butter as early as next month. The technology comes as part of the partnership between Samsung and SK Telecom, Korea’s leading telecommunication company, which aims to deploy the world’s first commercial IoT-dedicated nationwide LoRaWAN network.
Ideal for smart cities covered with IoT sensors, LoRaWAN (Long Range Wide-Area Network) is a low-power, long-range and low-bandwidth network solution which allows for the communication between devices without the need for 3G, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth connection. This solution increases the battery span of a sensor to up to three years. Even though Daegu will be the testing ground, the rest of the country is said to adopt the 900 MHz frequency band by the middle of this year.
The initial focus when implementing the sensors will be on setting up infrastructure for autonomous cars, renewable energy solutions, cloud platforms and big data analytics with healthcare and medical services in mind, according to the press release.
Even though Samsung’s efforts seem the most commercially expansive, other cities around the globe are also implementing similar solutions. Amsterdam-based The Things Network is dedicated to building a global, crowd-sourced IoT data network that is free and open to the public to contribute to and has already managed to cover Amsterdam as well as other major cities around the world. However, even though the technology required to build fully connected, smart cities is already here, the question remains how long it will take local governments to implement mechanisms for appropriate data collection which can be then translated into effective public policies.
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