U.S. cities and counties strive to improve mission critical communications, but selecting a land mobile radio system that is cost-competitive and meets current and future operational requirements can be a formidable task.
FirstNet will be the first nationwide wireless broadband network committed to America's first responders. It will transform the public safety industry and trigger advancement from narrowband Land Mobile Radio technology to broadband Long-term evolution technology.
As utilities digitize their critical infrastructure with advanced technology applications, they are adding more IP gateways and other data delivery elements to their networks, making them more susceptible to common types of attacks than they have been in the past.
Holistic and scalable smart systems depend on two major moves—embracing technology to make systems as efficient as they can be and increasing stakeholder engagement. To fully realize the smart city and smart utility promise, cities and utilities need to create a network of digital infrastructure.
Although governments and municipalities believe strongly in the smart city model, they continue to struggle to fund these efforts. According to survey data from the 2017 Strategic Directions: Smart City/Smart Utility Report, only 16 percent of municipalities can self-fund a smart city initiative.
Given the rapid pace of change in 2016, it can be hard to believe that only a few years have passed since advanced street systems began their move from the concept stage to initial city deployments. In 2015, only 12 percent of Strategic Directions: Smart City/Smart Utility Report survey respondents indicated they were piloting a smart city program.
Strained budgets may be holding back many municipalities whose leaders understand the benefits of smart city systems but lack the money to support them. Yet, a question is emerging that potentially turns that notion on its head: How can a city know what it can’t afford until it identifies what it needs?