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.

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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.

 

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Figure 6. SDN for IoT and Smart Cities


 

Our NetOS® solution is already part of the Horizon2020 REPLICATE project,
the first worldwide Smart City deployment.