Nokia Creates Modular, Scalable Smart City Framework

Nokia has created a modular, scalable smart city framework called IoT for Smart Cities that it's hoping will find its way into the hearts and minds of urban locations which have a particular interest in becoming more sustainable both economically and environmentally. IoT for Smart Cities is joined by two other new technologies to complete the package, which are Sensing as a Service and Secure More Virtual Network Operator for Public Safety.

IoT for smart cities is fully integrated, and can be applied in a number of different ways. Cities that would integrate this technology would be able to use it for things like smart lighting and video surveillance, which are things people would likely be familiar with when it comes to the Internet of Things, as well as more uncommon uses like waste management, parking, and environmental sensing. Nokia also says that automation plays a role in powering the whole system along with cross-application data sharing and analytics technology, though it didn't elaborate on how those components all work together to keep the IoT for Smart Cities tech running.

For Sensing as a Service, Nokia highlights that it could help operators and cities to detect certain things like illegal construction, trash burning, or unusual particles in the air, as the technology is used for intelligently analyzing the environment and providing that data to operators, which can in turn use that data to sell it to city government, enterprises and public safety authorities. Using this technology Nokia says that any data which could be captured would be gathered in real-time which should provide efficient use of the information to streamline it for whichever entities use the data. Nokia also says the data can be monetized CAPEX-free. as for the S-MVNO, it's meant for use by public safety agencies who need "mission-critical" broadband services. Both the Sensing as a Service and the S-MVNO technologies are aimed at giving operators a way to generate new revenue, while the IoT for Smart Cities was designed to help cities construct a more environmentally sustainable future through the deployment of the modular framework, which could be scaled specifically to meet the needs of each individual business or city organization.

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