Faced with population growth, growing economic disparity, fears about climate change and an increasing digital divide, cities across the globe are looking at digital transformation in order to achieve better environmental, social and financial outcomes (IDC).

Smart Cities help achieve these objectives by linking devices, applications and people to streamline city functions, enhance communications and provide better services to its citizens. The proliferation of Internet of Things (IoT) devices/sensors is making it easier to monitor and control municipal functions like parking, traffic, lighting, policing, water and energy flow and garbage removal. However, the real power lies within the data collected from these IoT devices which offer a much more granular and in-depth understanding of city functions. This data can be invaluable in future planning initiatives and in achieving the desired long-term outcomes.

Public safety is an important component of the Smart City, with many cities expanding their deployment of video surveillance to both deter crime as well as collect invaluable information from specific locations or events. Enhanced public safety can also include connected policing — with videos from dashboard camera, body-worn cameras and other feeds — to give those in command multidimensional view of what is happening on the ground.

Throughout the Smart City are Smart Buildings which deliver energy and costs savings by using automated processes to control buildings’ operations including heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting, security and other systems — while at the same time improving the comfort for its occupants.

Extreme Networks' Secure Automated Smart City Architecture offers a number of key attributes to help local governments implement their Smart City initiatives. This paper will examine each of these:

  • Simple and Automated Network; Increasing efficiency and reducing costs
  • Inherent Network Security through secure zones and stealth networking
  • Scalable and High Performance Video Surveillance that can be deployed with ease
  • High Performance Wireless that is simple to deploy and manage
  • Visibility, Control, and Security for IoT devices
  • Centralized Management, Control and Analytics — with a true 360-degree view of the network

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