Public Wi-Fi Role & Importance for the development of Smart Cities

In the future, a lot of things in smart cities will happen automatically: the application of the clinic, based on the data from the fitness bracelet, will sign up for a medical examination, and the city services will clean the trash can according to the data from the sensors. Artificial intelligence will identify people with weapons in the crowd, and the fire brigade will go to the place before the call of eyewitnesses — on a signal from video cameras.

Wi-Fi is an integral part of the digital infrastructure that is being deployed in major cities around the world. Most often, its development is hampered by a lack of Wi-Fi investment and the unpreparedness of cities for technological changes.

Tourists and startups choose Wi-Fi

The rise of Wi-Fi could turn cities into technology hubs, with fast public internet attracting young entrepreneurs. For example, in Lithuania, according to Ooma, the fastest public Wi-Fi in the world — it is to him that the mayor of Vilnius assigns a big role in turning the city into a startup hub in Eastern Europe. Wi-Fi also affects tourist activity. The quality of public Wi-Fi is one of the main factors in tourist satisfaction . For these reasons, in Taiwan, two years after the launch of free Wi-Fi for citizens, free access to the public network was also given to guests of the island.

Wi-Fi controls road traffic and utilities

Wi-Fi allows you to plan urban infrastructure based on anonymized aggregated data. Like many Internet resources, the network can predictively determine the approximate age of the user, gender and interests. And if there are many young people with children in the area, for example, the authorities can plan the construction of new kindergartens.

Wi-Fi will attract customers who pass by

Not only city services get the opportunity to change their work. For offline businesses, especially local ones, Wi-Fi is a new way to communicate with potential buyers. Businesses such as a hairdresser, a repair shop, a coffee shop cannot yet transfer their services online, but it becomes easier to get to know the consumer virtually.

Wi-Fi serves as a backbone for cellular networks

There are more and more cases in the world when Wi-Fi becomes the basis for the services of cellular operators. Global telecommunications companies have long considered Wi-Fi as a partner in building infrastructure for smart cities. Public Internet access is an opportunity to reduce the load on cellular network.

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