Jeff McCann of Dell Technologies talks about the importance of building a technological infrastructure to support digital cities in Ireland.
Over the past few months, we have seen the world transform innumerable times. The rapid pace of digital transformation has changed the way we live, work and do business. It is clear that our cities will be affected in the long run, which is why it is essential that emerging technologies reflect how our cities’ future is shaped as Ireland seeks to recover and rebuild.
The advent of 5G networks and the unlimited deployment of broadband have the potential to change the way cities define their digital future. Offering faster internet speeds and unprecedented improvements in mobile devices, it offers new and exciting developments affecting all areas of public life, from smart transport to public safety and waste disposal, as well as business life.
Cities in Ireland have set themselves the goal of becoming the digital cities of tomorrow. The Smart Dockland project in Dublin is a test bed for testing a variety of smart city solutions in areas such as waste, water, energy, mobility, crime prevention and flooding.
In Limerick, the city’s digital technologies are being deployed as part of an EU-funded + CityChange project aimed at reducing the city’s carbon footprint. All these projects are activated through broadband connections.
As the process of facilitating new infrastructure is already underway, it will include the first Irish cities to welcome these economic gains. In these environments, better connectivity becomes the backbone of the city’s digital communications and applications, enabling networks to transmit live information that will fuel the future growth and innovation of our cities.
These connections between any type of smart device, device or machine can help cities reduce traffic congestion and vehicle emissions, control waste disposal, save energy and save money. Increase the efficiency of public services.
“Ireland has the opportunity to lay the groundwork for tomorrow’s digital cities, witnessing what can be done when technology and data are most needed.”
The new 5G capabilities will connect smartphones to the city’s largest digital network, and perhaps even facilitate communication between driverless cars. When we say that 5G networks have latency rates – that is, the time it takes to transfer data between two locations – less than a millisecond, the connections are almost instantaneous. This rapid delivery will encourage the autonomous cars and trucks to be able to respond quickly in the face of imminent accidents such as pedestrians.
Today, service providers are launching software that integrates AI and machine learning technology, which is as good and vibrant as digital cities. New software upgrades can analyze data patterns, identify faults, traffic spikes or congestion, and instruct city traffic control systems to take appropriate action. In cities that have previously experienced high traffic density, such as Dublin, the effect can actually be transformative.
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As governments around the world seek to rebuild their economies and invest in technological infrastructure, better deployment of broadband allows communities to bridge existing connectivity gaps.
In Ireland, the rollout of the National Broadband Plan helps businesses in low-lying areas to have the fastest broadband they need to stay in touch with their employees when engaging in e-commerce.
But the positive impact extends beyond the business community. Better connectivity gives communities better access to technology, education, health care and financial security.
In particular, as schools seek better connectivity for distance learning, cities are focusing on partnerships with major telecommunications companies or deploying their own private wireless networks to develop high-speed broadband.
The promise of better connectivity is obvious, but we are only just beginning a journey into the future of 5G. Much more needs to be done before the digital needs of the dispersed rural population and larger and more densely populated urban areas can be met.
As cities across Ireland try to reap the benefits of better connectivity through the deployment of broadband, their journey will be hampered. 5G is not just the evolution of 4G. This requires a major transformation and new distribution architectures with software-defined infrastructure.
When businesses and organizations invest in this new software-defined world, it is important to remember that it is built into the common building blocks of computing, storage, and networking.
For example, the latest developments in cloud computing require a specialized technical base for 5G, including high-powered distribution infrastructure. Establishing these standards of openness and interoperability will lead the Irish economy on a path of innovation and flexibility as our connectivity journey continues.
Whether using connected cars, intelligent transportation systems or e-health services – the workload of this journey needs to be brought closer to the citizens. By using the mobile edge compute platforms in 5G, computer workloads can be transferred to the most useful location on the network.
As we utilize better connectivity to enable new usage cases as part of our broader digital city initiatives, networks need to be equipped to handle significant usage variations related to everyday life in the world. A big city. As component bandwidth usage expands with traffic patterns, day and night cycles, and major city events, IT managers need to focus on how these stressors affect networks.
Witnessing what can be done when technology and data are needed, Ireland has the opportunity to lay the groundwork for tomorrow’s digital cities by providing more connectivity.
Ireland’s population is expected to reach 6 million by 2036 and Dublin’s population will increase by 31.9% by 2036. Digital cities can play a stimulating role in growth and innovation. This will not only help transform Irish businesses, but also ensure that public services are as efficient, effective and reasonable as possible to meet the needs of a growing and more diverse population.
Jeff McCann is the Director of Customer Solutions Centers at Dell Technologies Ireland Innovation Lab.