Would you buy a laptop or a smartphone which can only connect to a proprietary network? Probably not. So why should your city implement one system to manage streetlights, a separate infrastructure for parking facilities and mobility, another one for video surveillance, yet another for public Wi-Fi, and so on?
Interoperability means a city can have just one standards-based network to manage and control multiple urban applications – from street lighting, public parking and power distribution to solid waste collection, video surveillance and emergency-support services, and more – without being tied to a single vendor or legacy technology.
It means city managers can concentrate on the community and people’s actual needs, providing a higher quality of life with fewer resources, as well as boosting local businesses and the economy.