The digital paradigm shift from pipeline to platform is proving immensely difficult for many traditional companies, opening the door for innovative startups who understand and thrive in a world of platform models. Enter Wi-Fiber, who believes they have leap-frogged the industry and developed the smart technology that smart cities need today and will need in the future.
Featured at the CES 2018 show in Las Vegas which wraps up today, January 12, Wi-Fiber has transformed its city lamp posts into smart hubs of networked connectivity that can continue to evolve over time to incorporate new, yet-to-be-invented applications. The ‘new age’ lamppost creates a broad canopy of wireless (“wi-fiber”) connectivity tapping “wirelessly” into the cities’ existing underground “hard wire” cable fiber infrastructure without the need for costly physical re-wiring, according to the company.
Furthermore, Wi-Fiber’s modular network design assures that each smart lamppost hub remains active and alive autonomously and is not dependent upon a central source of power or intelligence to operate. Thus, the overall system is robust and does not fail due to the failure of a single component.
Wi-Fiber’s technology is a platform model (not pipeline), using a modular plug and play architecture to support multiple new and innovative apps now or as they are created in the future. The open platform design enables cities to create and manage their own customized network of application providers to form partnerships (as recommended by the U.S. Department of Commerce Smart City Tool-kit).
Wi-Fiber immediately provides a selection of technology applications for cities to choose from “out of the gate” including sensors, video, audio, etc. All of this on a networked platform powered by 4G real-time data transmission.