Making Cities Smarter through Wireless Broadband

By Atul Bhatnagar   September 10, 2014

While collecting personal fitness data and social “likes” is fueling our well-documented data explosion, other streams of non-stop data creation are working harder for humanity. These bytes are collected to measure how to continuously improve and hence sustain more efficient, comfortable and safer cities, an enticing goal fueling the global smart cities services and infrastructure market projected to reach $1,266.58 billion by 2019.

This data collection can happen efficiently and cost effectively because of wireless broadband. Cambium Networks is well-versed and experienced in the ways in which wireless broadband can be applied in building the smart city of the future. Here are a few examples of the work we’ve done in this realm:

1. Smart Traffic Safety and Management: Every driver or pedestrian’s nightmare is getting into an accident not being able to get help. Through cameras installed along highways or at intersections that are backhauled to a law enforcement agency, videos of accidents can be viewed by the police in real time to they can respond accordingly.

On a more routine level, wireless broadband can also work to manage traffic congestion, controlling traffic signals and traffic flow in real time, as a PTP 600 network does in the U.K. for its national motorway networks.

2. Smart Security: For The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, hiring security guards to monitor every building in its largest housing projects was well out of its budget. A cost-effective solution was installing a Cambium Networks point-to-point video surveillance solution that backhauls video footage from cameras installed in stairwells, hallways and other hidden corners so residents feel safer and criminals can be caught on film, any hour of the day.

3. Smart Energy Supply: There are multiple applications of wireless broadband that assist with efficient energy distribution. For its smart grid communications infrastructure, Oklahoma Gas & Electric; is using a combination of PTP 600 and PMP 320 wireless broadband modules. SCADA, or supervisory control and data acquisition, is another key wireless application that allows network managers to remotely monitor reservoirs and wells situated far from the community they serve. San Diego is using PTP 600 and PTP 800 for its water department to this end.

This is just a taste of what’s possible with wireless broadband. With the ability to measure what city governments and agencies seek to improve upon, new efficiencies and a greater level of comfort and safety can be achieved for city dwellers and those passing through. If you have a smart-city application of Cambium Networks technology to share, please email