Smart City, Sigfox y en el Internet de las Cosas

In our post The Smart City: from the factory to the city we explained what Smart Cities are to us and the unavoidable Internet of Things,

and we achieved it without technical terms or unnecessary voluptuousness: we shouldn’t forget that the final user is the citizen, who is not required to know those terms. We did that also because we understand that a Smart City is a logic continuity of the city itself, after applying technologies traditionally linked to other sectors with the purpose of improving and achieving a more efficient city.

If you visited our website and read other posts, i.e., our success story for AENA, the el Valdespartera district in Zaragoza or the new irrigation system for parks and gardens in Barcelona, you know already that we use the Wonderware open platform to centralize data from thousands of sensor so they can be easily managed from one point and in real time, regardless of the manufacturer of sensors or systems previously installed.

Well, the goal of this post is to announce that now we include a relevant improvement to our usual technology portfolio: we add to Wonderware the SIGFOX technology in order to vertebrate the information transmission from the sensors to the information management platform. What’s new? Nothing new, but the optimization achieved enables any smart paradigm implementation project to a city to be much more efficient from now on.

 

Which was the problem encountered so far on Smart City projects?

The development of Smart Cities is linked to the development of the Internet of Things. Technology supply to the cities simplifies not only communication between its inhabitants but also connectivity between machines and devices by Internet.

In 2008 the number of devices connected to Internet was higher, for the first time, to the number of inhabitants of the planet. And its number is forecast to grow in the coming years to triple world population.

This huge evolution of communications by Internet is easing the generation and access to a massive amount of data about life and routines of people, as well as data from services and urban infrastructures, and it’s even encouraging new economic activities.

But each sensor needs supply and reach for its communication. The problem faced by many cities is energy consumption, maintenance costs (battery replacement) and reach for hundreds of thousands of distributed sensors.

 

Which is our solution?

Our solution uses a new communication protocol. It has several advantages:

  1. Enables simpler long distance communications
  2. Does not need the deployment of any repeater or base station in the city, as well as other communication infrastructures such as radio, wifi…
  3. Low implementation cost
  4. Huge energy savings
  5. Very significant maintenance savings

 

This new communication solution turns Logitek into a reference for global solutions aimed at the Smart City, from the platform for the management of information from infrastructures and real time services, to connectivity between machines and devices by the Internet of Things.

 

Any question? Do not hesitate to contact us, write your comments and share!

 

 

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