Pierre-Yves Senghor, CMO, m2ocity, France is speaking in the Internet of Things track at the Broadband World Forum, taking place on the 21st – 23rd October 2014 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Amsterdam.
What will truly define a smart city, and what are the benefits it might bring its residents?
Analyst views of the smart city vary drastically depending on how one defines the topic. For m2ocity, a telco dedicated to low power M2M telecoms, a smart city is to be defined as a sustainable and connected urban era. A smart city starts with a vision for sustainable urban development held by local authorities and communicated to residents. Also, technology plays an important role in the smart city. Smart meters and sensors located within the city and/or homes are necessary to monitor every aspect of local environmental footprint (e.g. energy consumption and/or production, water, air pollution, noise, etc). A reliable and cost effective M2M eco-system is therefore the key enabler for the smart city. Thus, large amounts of data can be processed in real time, analysed and shared as services with the deciders and the people who will use this information to act and to save the city’s natural resources.
What are the main challenges to achieving ‘smart city’ status?
In its recent study “A smart city for tomorrow – 2014”, m2ocity has identified over 1,200 smart city projects—and these only for France. Each of these projects covers an interesting local experimentation for some aspects of the sustainable and connected urban life. There is something to learn from every project that’s trying to implement new solutions in a specific local context. However, no city can pretend to achieve the perfect “all smart city” status. That’s because projects are not addressing all aspects of the urban sustainable development. Smart city projects are conducted at a limited local scale, and therefore face the challenges of scalability and replicability. Moreover, inventing a sustainable business model for the smart city project always remains a key issue.
Network latency has been much improved in LTE over 3G. What more can be done to bring this down further and why is that so important to enable the IoT?
The Internet of Things covers a variety of telecom solutions including LTE and 3G. In all cases, the number of connected objects is increasing steadily and dramatically. Therefore, the challenge for telecom networks lies in transferring even larger amount of data with the shortest latency and at the lowest cost possible. Solving that will accelerate the development of the IoT.
What will you be focusing on at the upcoming Broadband World Forum?
Connecting more than 1.2 million objects (smart meters and many other types of sensors) in over 1,500 French cities, m2ocity is definitely a leading telco in the M2M world. Therefore, in the next Broadband World Forum m2ocity will focus on its unique expertise of the roll-out of several of the largest water smart metering projects in Europe and presenting new M2M solutions it has developed, to contribute to the sustainable development of tomorrow’s smart city.
m2ocity, M2M telco for the smart city
Created in 2011 as a Joint Venture between Veolia Water and Orange, m2ocity is an operator of M2M telecom networks dedicated to smart metering for water or gas and to other M2M applications. Our M2M solutions will contribute to the sustainable development of tomorrow’s smart city.