Mobile technology is driving the development of smart cities

High-speed wireless networks are key to the infrastructure of these tech cities

Cradlepoint experts pointed out that mobile technology and connectivity infrastructure are key to building smart city projects.

According to mobile technology company Cradlepoint, high-speed, high-volume mobile network infrastructure, such as 5G connectivity, holds the potential to transform cities into smart cities. Statistics from Statista indicate that the smart city segment is expected to generate more than $241 billion in revenue in 2025, more than double that of 2020.

Cradlepoint pointed out that smart cities are seen as sci-fi movie-style technology hubs. Although these centers also known as centers In technology, they didn’t turn cities into movie versions of these works, smart cities were made through mobile technology.

Smart cities are characterized by the integration of technology to collect and analyze large amounts of data, said Carlos Peiria, vice president of Cradlepoint Latin America. This information is used to manage assets, allocate resources and optimize city operations using wireless devices connected to high-speed networks. It should be noted that according to United Nations (UN) estimates, in 2020, large cities accounted for 60% of the world’s urban population.

In this line, the computing volume of smart cities depends on the progress generated in wireless networks, such as 5G and WiFi6 connectivity. Common applications for 5G network infrastructure include autonomous vehicles, robotics, and media. In addition, Peria pointed out that there are other innovative applications, such as measuring precipitation and pollutants in the air.

When it comes to the development of smart cities in the country, Mexico City ranks 130th out of 174 cities according to the IESE business school index consulted by Cradlepoint. Under this plan, other cities in Latin America have resulted in: Montevideo, 110; Buenos Ayres, 90; and Santiago de Chile, 68.

According to the vice president, 5G mobile connectivity technology is present in 18 cities across the country.

Under this line, infrastructure experts consulted by the company revealed that there are 5 recognized smart cities in the country:

  • Mexico City, which has low-energy buildings, surveillance services, centralized public transport, among other projects.
  • Ciudad Madrasa, Queretaro, a real estate project geared towards telemedicine and the Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Ciudad Creative Digital, Jalisco, exclusive initiative in smart homes for businesses and offices
  • Tequila, Jalisco, tourist destination with a strong public network and other mobile technologies, such as bots to solve paperwork
  • Smart Puebla in the capital of Puebla, which implements a state project of digital education and a public transport service

Finally, Cradlepoint pointed out that any city can become a smart city with the right mobile technology. The optimization of city processes as well as the management of wireless networks aim to improve the quality of life of the inhabitants of these places. Therefore, it is essential that industry and government officials have up-to-date information and guidance to start the mobile infrastructure process.

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