Smart Cities Council welcomes wireless industry members
CommScope is latest vendor to join council as a lead partner
The market for smart city solutions will soon be worth more than $1 trillion, according to Frost & Sullivan, and the wireless industry will be ready. Companies from almost every part of the wireless ecosystem have already joined the Smart Cities Council, a network of companies advised by universities, laboratories and standards bodies.
CommScope is the latest company to announce it has joined the organization as a lead partner. The company foresees exploding urban demand for fiber, cables and antennas.
“Cities will need to have infrastructure in place to support ‘supercity’ growth and densification,” said CommScope CTO Morgan Kurk. “The United Nations estimates that 70% of the world population will be urban by 2050.”
Other lead partners of the Smart Cities Council include AT&T, Qualcomm, Cisco, Ruckus, IBM, ZTE, UL, Deloitte, Dow Building and Construction, EY, Sensus, Oracle, S&C Electric Co., CH2M, Allied Telesis, Daimler, SAS Institute, Schneider Electric, Ooredoo, Microsoft, GE, Hitachi and Itron.
As part of the federal government’s smart cities initiative, the council has awarded smart city challenge grants to Austin, Texas; Indianapolis; Miami and Orlando, Florida; and Philadelphia. Each receive the following services from contributing companies: