Network Communications News (NCN) October 2017 - Page 26

SMART CITIES Cross Town Traffic! NCN spoke with Chris Meering, regional vice chair (EMEA) of oneM2M MARCOMs committee, to find out how networks in urban areas can build the smart cities of the future. O neM2M is an organisation set up to develop technical specifications which address the need for a common M2M service layer that can be embedded within hardware and software and then relied on to connect the huge number of devices needed to create larger smarter networks. Chris says that the main messages oneM2M would like to get across is the need for a horizontal platform strategy rather than a multiple vertical ‘siloed’ application, that any system should be citizen centric in design, driven by a problem not a solution and match the connectivity to the use case. Chris argues it’s not a one size fits all approach, choices need to be made as to when to use Low Power Wide Area Networks such as LoRa, NB IoT Etc. rather than Wi-Fi or traditional 26 | October 2017 cellular. Security also must be built-in rather than added as a sperate module. So, what are the advantages of a smart city? Chris says, “Delivering better services, more efficiencies, less cost to service, potential new revenue streams for the cities, better infrastructure and attracting new employers and industry. “ T h e y c a n a l so d e l i ve r a b et te r q u a l i t y of l i fe /exp e r i e n c e . Fo r exa m p l e , l e ss CO2 a n d co n ge s t io n through the use of smart parking, traffic management and waste management.” Solutions such as these are a huge part of the future as the planet continues to urbanise, a white paper by Chris’ employer, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE), where he works as CMS WW IoT go to market lead, predicted that by 2050, 70% of the global population will live in urban areas. IoT is already delivering benefits to cities like Los Angeles and Oslo, which have experienced energy savings of more than 60% by moving to smart street lighting. Other cities have seen similar significant savings by deploying smart waste management solutions, reducing CO2 emissions and increasing citizen satisfaction through smart parking and traffic management. Chris explains, “In many cases, however, these are only isolated point solutions. To truly exploit the benefits of IoT within a smart city, a holistic approach is required such that the infrastructure deployed is flexible enough to support multiple use cases rather than building multiple silos. “As such, a thorough study of setting up IoT networks and solutions is needed to respond adequately to specific smart city project requirements. Policy makers must fully comprehend and organise the interaction