Verizon and Smart City Developments
Daniel Butler - Wed, 18 Jan 2017
- There are many barriers to implementing IIoT, but US telecommunicators Verizon have taken the mantle
- Verizon’s intelligent lighting units are also designed to offer LED lighting for cities and public spaces
- Verizon’s intelligent video solution is a comprehensive surveillance-as-a-service solution
- Tim Gorman, assistant manager of technology at the Verizon Innovation Center, oversees Verizon’s IIoT initiative
There is great potential for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to improve the ways in which cities provide goods and services, but there are complex challenges involved with IIoT adoption. US innovators Verizon has taken up the challenge of simplifying these solutions.
“We’re really focused on working with various municipalities and our business partners to help cities capitalize on the promise from an IoT perspective,” said Tim Gorman, assistant manager of technology at the Verizon Innovation Center.
“We’re focusing a lot of our attention on offering end-to-end, bundled, pre-engineered solutions,” he explained.
Gorman demonstrated two solutions built on IIoT developer platforms to CRNtv.
Verizon’s intelligent video solution is a comprehensive surveillance-as-a-service solution, which consists of a remote surveillance unit, camera and wireless connectivity. The solution connects an analytics network to a portal where the end user can view specific geographic areas like remote depots, carparks and sports stadiums.
The surveillance collects video data locally and end users can see custom-analysed information relating to safety and security.
Verizon’s intelligent lighting units are also designed to offer LED lighting for cities and public spaces and cut energy usage by up to 70 per cent.
The intelligent light units also have audio capacity for public announcements, and can facilitate surveillance cameras and digital signage. They can also enable emergency call buttons, and even direct traffic through display lights. The path to successful smart cities will be a long one, fraught with obstacles and complications, but innovators such as Verizon are leading the way in developing end-to-end intelligently engineered solutions to capitalise on IIoT’s potential in this field.