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Designing an IoT Wireless Networking Strategy for the Smart City

Published: 12 April 2018

ID: G00355618

Analyst(s): Nick Jones


Wireless networking will be a key Internet of Things technology for smart cities; however, many different networking technologies will be required. Enterprise architecture and technology innovation leaders should manage cost and risk of this diversity with a strategic networking plan.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Enable Smart City Innovation and/or Cost Reduction by Identifying New and Improved Network Technologies or Commercial Relationships With Wireless Network Providers
    • Educate City Stakeholders in the New Opportunities Networks Can Enable
    • Identify and Evaluate New Partnership Opportunities
    • Create and Communicate Technology and Application Roadmaps
  • Create a Strategic IoT Networking Plan That Minimizes Unnecessary Technology or Vendor Cost and Risk by Identifying the Optimum Technology and Vendor Portfolio
    • Define City Networking Requirements, and Create One or More Proposals to Satisfy Them
    • Define and Assess Nontechnical Networking Requirements
    • Influence Suppliers to Create the Networking Environment You Need
  • Test the Smart City Networking Strategy by Using Scenarios to Validate Its Technical and Commercial Robustness
    • Create a List of Plausible Scenarios to Test the Networking Strategy
    • Test the Networking Strategy Against the Scenarios, and Create Brief Impact Statements
    • Use the Key Findings From Scenario Planning for Strategy, Network Selection and Commercial Negotiations

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