We have a vision for Smart Cities:
An integrated approach with centralised network control, creating a new intelligent hardware that provides more resources and flexibility, and that is responsive to increasing demands for data.
A modern city consists of interconnected sub-systems such as energy, transport, water, buildings but little consideration has been given to their interaction. We see a Smart City model as a network of sub-networks, where its design, construction and operation follows Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Virtualisation (NFV) principles.
The cornerstone to our solution is our Network Operating System (NetOS®) which provides centralised view and controls. All of the sub-networks can be controlled with virtual “network slices,” which can be individually monitored and used to deploy a wide range of services.
By adopting a SDN/NFV architecture, it is possible to create an open-source platform that allows any enterprise to access the Smart-City, which has been dominated by telecoms platforms until now. This will allow small and medium sized businesses to use the Smart City infrastructure for their own commercial advantage.
Figure 6. SDN for IoT and Smart Cities