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San Francisco leveraging libraries to build a better IoT network

San Francisco leveraging libraries to build a better IoT network

The IoT universe is at 4.9 billion connected devices and growing, according to Gartner.  Getting those devices and sensors connected could be the next hurdle smart cities face.

San Francisco is working with French vendor Sigfox to build and install antennas on its public libraries in an effort to build a network for its Internet of Things. According to a Network World report, each antenna will cover a wide slice of the city, which could help San Francisco expand the IoT services it currently offers.

SigFox will use a low-power wide-area network, which is similar to cellular networks but designed for sensors, meters and similar equipment.  The deployment in San Francisco will be the largest of 10 city networks SigFox plans to build around the country.

San Francisco has several IoT projects in the works, including the 5D Smart San Francisco 2030 District, is a cloud-based solution that maps city data –  including open data, information from IoT devices, machine-to-machine communications and social media – to an, interactive 3D interface designed for easy access by non-technicians. And SFpark, the city’s parking management system, uses new meters, sensors and demand-responsive pricing to make it easier to find parking.

Posted by Derek Major on Oct 29, 2015 at 9:14 AM


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