Savvy Solutions For Smart Cities
IoT Device Management for Smart Cities
Smart Cities have a mind-boggling amount of devices to manage. From smart lighting to smart electric metering to parking sensors, tracking, controlling and maintaining these devices is a sizable task that takes serious consideration. Allowing for interoperability between devices, ensuring that devices are secure, and enabling firmware over the air (FOTA) updates are all important steps that lead to Smart City success. We understand the issues that Smart Cities and their Central Management Software (CMS) providers face, and have created solutions to help them overcome these logistical and financial challenges.
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The Importance of Standards and LwM2M
Many cities have hired experts to write proprietary protocols for their new city management systems. Although it is expensive to hire experts for this type of a project, they wanted a system that fit their specific city’s needs. For many of them, this system worked…for a while. But what happens when new technologies are introduced, or the system needs to evolve? The resources available to update or fix a custom-built system are very limited, which is expensive and hinders the city from evolving with the needs of its people.
To best support Smart Cities and their CMS providers, we built our products based on Lightweight Machine to Machine (LwM2M) global standards. This means that both a parking meter and a smart street light can both be controlled using the same cloud-based system, reducing the complexity of managing multiple devices. What’s more, they can also be started from bootstrap, sent firmware updates, and decommissioned using the same technology, despite having very different purposes.
Learn more about LwM2M from OMA SpecWorks, and how it was created to address modern industrial IoT needs.
LwM2M, uCIFI and TALQ
Using LwM2M enables Smart Cities to leverage uCIFI, the first unified data model that was created to address IoT interoperability for smart city applications. Additionally, the TALQ Consortium has defined a globally accepted interface standard for smart city device networks, meaning that a single CMS can configure, control, command and monitor heterogeneous smart city device networks. These three standards create a powerful tool that allows Smart Cities to be truly interoperable and scalable. Constrained devices can more easily be connected, and the optimization of bandwidth makes it more efficient and less expensive to connect.