Paradox helps spark open city innovation
First published in Intertraffic Innovation News - July 3, 2020
According to a survey by industry alliance uCIFI, about 55 per cent of cities have a smart roadmap in place, but more than 80 per cent of pilot projects fail due to a lack of maturity, which is often related to the use of proprietary technologies. If relying on legacy systems, urban applications are typically more complex and expensive to manage, suffer a higher risk of obsolescence, are hard to integrate with other solutions, and result in a poor return on investment.
PE Smart Urban Network by Paradox Engineering is based on standards and open data models, so it grants superior flexibility and scalability as there is no limit to the integration of additional devices to the same city-wide 6LoWPAN infrastructure. A city can start its journey by implementing PE Smart Urban Network to monitor existing parking facilities, then gradually extend the network to control streetlights, waste bins, environmental sensors, traffic video surveillance, and more.
“Think of the history of Internet: we wouldn’t have what the world wide web offers us today if it was built on the proprietary, vendor-locked technologies that were mainstream until the late 1980s”, says Gianni Minetti, CEO at Paradox Engineering. “Our PE Smart Urban Network allows cities to finally move away from siloed, non-integrated choices imposing the management of urban services one by one. Thanks to the interoperable, standard-based and reliable network enabling any wireless IoT and wireless highspeed IoT application, it is the starting point for open city innovation.”
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