A game changer for Open Cities
PE Smart Urban Network by Paradox Engineering provides a revolutionary and next-generation network platform and application ecosystem to manage urban services more efficiently and improve citizen satisfaction, making cities more agreeable, livable, and safer.
The solution now integrates blockchain technology to grant the highest possible cybersecurity and enable the monetization of urban device-generated data.
Interoperability is key
Interoperability enables effective urban data governance and allows cities to select best-of-breed technologies and partners to design present and future services. When relying on open standards, a city can unlock its real innovation potential.
Every city manager knows that implementing service-specific solutions to manage urban applications one by one adds fragmentation, complexity and costs, jeopardizing the possibility of building efficient, sustainable, and open communities.
Interoperability is pivotal to developing secure, performing, and reliable urban networks that support any kind of service over the same infrastructure. This flexibility results in a concrete and measurable improvement in city management and the opportunity to start a gradual journey towards innovation, mirroring local needs and available resources while always maintaining a far-sighted perspective.
What does interoperable technology look like? Foremost, it is based on open standards; thus, it is brand-agnostic, allows seamless integration of third-party systems and custom applications, and grants the confidence of a continuity of supply over time.
That’s our continuous commitment. While interoperability is a key feature of our breakthrough solution for open cities, we are active members of the uCIFI Alliance to contribute to the development of open, multi-supplier, interoperable, multi-transport wireless communication solutions for smart cities and utilities.
More smart applications on a single network infrastructure
The PE Smart Urban Network allows cities to have a unified, interoperable infrastructure to manage both multi-sensor wireless IoT and wireless high-speed IoT networks to enable sensor-based applications on the one hand and pervasive Wi-Fi and other high-bandwidth applications on the other.
This means cities can connect and control a number of smart applications, sensors, and actuators, solving major urban challenges and needs.
PE Smart Urban Network is a true future-proof investment because, being completely standard-based, it imposes no limits on the integration of new or additional sensors or the design of new services.
The PE Smart Urban Network enables high-performing and reliable smart lighting applications. By controlling light points to adjust brightness according to daily solar times, ambient light levels, and human or vehicle presence, up to 70% of power and greenhouse emissions may be saved.
With the PE Smart Urban Network, city operators and managers can define customized lighting patterns for single districts, streets, and even single lamps. Streetlights can be turned on or off and dimmed according to programmed schedules (i.e., setting a default combination for working and festive days, for residential and industrial areas, etc.), changing them whenever necessary to mirror specific local circumstances or events.
PE Smart Lighting Nodes interfacing luminaires may also be integrated with additional connected motion sensors, vehicle counters, tilt sensors, and other devices, triggering condition-based dynamic lighting. This is particularly useful in low-traffic areas, where lights may be further dimmed when no vehicle or pedestrian is passing by.
PE Smart Urban Network allows municipalities and operators to remotely monitor and control parking facilities, collecting and taking advantage of a full range of parking-related data, such as the number of available lots in a specific area, the duration of each parking, and possible abuses (such as unauthorized parking).
These pieces of information enable smarter management of existing facilities and an increase in average usage rates. By integrating the solution with mobile apps, variable message panels, and traffic guidance systems, it is possible to alert drivers to real-time parking availability and route them to the nearest parking area.
Other Smart Applications
Supporting both wireless IoT and high-speed wireless IoT, the PE Smart Urban Network enables the remote management and control of a variety of urban services, thus setting the groundwork to design future applications we might not even think of.
PE Smart Urban Network also allows cities to offer data-hungry applications such as Pervasive Wi-Fi and allow residents and visitors to access communication services, online applications, and contents, including news, events, and infotainment services, to make cities more attractive. By collaborating with shops and local businesses, it could also provide the possibility of designing proximity marketing campaigns, thus contributing to the growth of the urban economy.
Video surveillance, traffic control, and emergency response support are other possible applications, as IP cameras, surveillance systems, earthquake sensors, and potentially unmanned vehicles can be integrated into the PE Smart Urban Network to improve public security and hasten law enforcement intervention when needed.
By integrating blockchain technology, the PE Smart Urban Network takes a huge step forward in mitigating cities’ cyber vulnerabilities.
Granting the highest possible levels of data integrity, validity, and immutability, blockchain technology makes commissioning and operational procedures over smart urban infrastructure intrinsically secure. Cities can thus move away from the conventional ‘bastion defense’ paradigm to benefit from security-by-design network systems where vital services such as energy distribution, public transportation, lighting, emergency support, etc. can be safely hosted and managed.
Moreover, thanks to blockchain, data from streetlights, parking lots, waste bins, environmental sensors, and other urban objects can be transformed into tradable tokens. These “info-tokens” can be exchanged over secure marketplaces and become available for universities, start-ups, and any other local businesses to design innovative applications and services by mashing up different data streams.