‘Bristol is Open’ aims to create world’s first programmable city.
Silver Spring Networks today revealed that it had been selected for the ‘Bristol is Open’ smart city program in cooperation with Bristol’s City Council and the University of Bristol.
The platform will connect existing city assets, such as street lights in the Brunel Mile and other centrally located areas, enabling Bristol to rapidly demonstrate the economic and energy benefits of intelligent street lighting.
The same network canopy can also be used for other advanced smart city applications such as parking meters, traffic light and congestion sensors, safety cameras, air quality sensors, weather sensors, public transportation sensors, remote personal healthcare monitors, and acoustic detection.
Eric Dresselhuys, EVP of Sales and Global Development at Silver Spring Networks, said: "Silver Spring’s proven Internet-of-Things platform helps ensure ubiquitous connectivity across the entire Bristol metropolitan area and enables Europe’s hottest start-ups and brightest academics to securely trial new smart city applications and services that will help drive the future digital economy in the UK."
The program will deploy Silver Spring’s standards-based IPv6 wireless network across the city, connecting a variety of smart city sensors and creating a ‘living innovation lab’.
Qualified start-up businesses, entrepreneurs, and academic institutions will be able to leverage the resulting sensor data and insights to prototype new smart city applications and services.
"Our commitment to open standards offers Bristol maximum choice of interoperable devices, software, and partners to help turn the living laboratory concept into reality, while providing start-ups with a global market place for their innovations," Mr Dresselhuys added.
‘Bristol Is Open’ was created to explore developments in software, hardware and telecom networks that enable more interaction between people and places and more M2M communication.
The project uses a high performance software defined network as the city operating system, then IoT platforms and Big Data analytics feed an emerging number of smart city applications giving people more ability to interact, work and play with the city that they live in, and helping cities to address some of the biggest challenges of modern urban life.
Paul Wilson, Managing Director of Bristol Is Open said, "We are building in Bristol the world’s first open programmable city, a groundbreaking project aimed at providing a platform for the development of applications that will promote innovation and deliver a better quality of life.
"A variety of factors informed our decision, one of which was Silver Spring Network’s ability to support an open Software Defined Network environment."
Silver Spring’s current smart city solutions help connect critical infrastructure in global cities such as Chicago, Copenhagen, Glasgow, Melbourne, Paris, Sao Paulo, San Francisco, and Singapore, and includes what is believed to be the largest smart street light project in the world counting nearly 500,000 networked lights across Miami and South Florida.