A fully functional smart city requires gigabits-per-second throughputs and single-millisecond latencies. The pre-commercial 5G trials we conducted in 11 U.S. cities in 2017 demonstrated 5G’s ability to deliver that level of performance.
“A lot of cities are really looking for that new innovation,” says Lani Ingram, vice president of Smart Communities at Verizon. “I think what we offer from a core infrastructure really enables a lot of that. It pulls together the best of Verizon in a holistic fashion.”
Envisioning the 5G-enabled smart city
Cities that tap into the power of 5G connectivity—like Sacramento, which will be one of the first 5G cities—are better equipped to drive improvements in public safety (smart street lights, remote security monitoring), transit (intelligent rail, smart parking), utilities (water treatment and management), public Wi-Fi access and emergency preparedness.
“Sacramento has positioned itself as a leader in technology and innovation investment,” notes Ingram. Of our Sacramento partnership, she adds: “This proposal not only underscores the city’s commitment to putting its citizens first, but to providing them with the tools, engagement opportunities and innovation to drive digital equality and quality-of-life improvements.”
More communities are set to follow suit, and they’ll find their own ways of preparing their communities and citizens for a future that rides on 5G. These cities will develop digital payment processes for public services such as tolls and parking, innovate around ambulance dispatch services, and attract investors and businesses that value the convenience and reliability of supportive, robust 5G infrastructure.
Ultimately, municipalities will become active agents in their own maintenance and upkeep, allowing them to become more efficient and more responsive to the needs of their citizens.
Bottom line: Better information leads to better resource allocation, which in turn leads to safer, more sustainable places. With Verizon’s 5G network, the smart cities of tomorrow are already coming into view.