Smart solutions for smart cities from TE Connectivity

17 DECEMBER 2018

Over the past 100 years, advancements in the wireless control and monitoring of utility systems and public services have transformed how cities perform. Today, we have reached a crucial turning point in reimagining our concept of the city. The idea of the smart city is inspiring many new ideas for integrating the services people rely upon every day. Today, there are solutions delivering – with every iteration – convenience, safety and efficiency that only a few years ago was unimaginable. This unprecedented connectivity is enabled by – among other things – wireless communication and a vast array of sensors. This connectivity can improve urban lighting, infrastructure performance, and energy consumption.

Smart energy
Today, many municipalities are replacing standard street lights with LED luminaire lighting fixtures that are equipped with advanced sensors and connected to integrated networks. The result is a light system locally or remotely activated so that it responds only when the street is in use such as when a pedestrian is walking at night. This type of system enables cities to replace street lighting fixtures, which can help them reduce power demand in the short term and realize cost savings over time.
People can save energy by installing smart meters and solar panels as well as purchasing electric cars.

Smart transport systems
Connecting People to the Cloud – and Each Other. All around the world, people are migrating to cities. In response, municipalities, internet providers and hyperscale data centers are relying on advanced connectivity to efficiently manage the technology required to operate the services crucial to competing globally. Driving this evolution are innovative connectivity solutions for collecting data, distributing power, transmitting signals and enabling higher level control in emerging applications. These solutions – from custom antennas and sealed connectors to lightweight cabling and multi-property sensors – are transforming traditional infrastructure into smart infrastructure: with intelligent street lighting and buildings, on-demand transit systems, and real-time smart meters – for public parking, home utilities, personal devices.
Around the world today, communities are developing plans to optimize traffic flows, build multi-modal transport systems and develop interactive systems with existing infrastructure.These types of improvements have often been linked to major benefits: reducing vehicle and factory emissions, lower municipal costs, and improve the quality of life with better delivery of services – including more choices for residents, increased ability to interact with infrastructure (report potholes, graffiti, weather, accidents). In theory, this all sounds great. But when we consider the practical implementation, it raises critical questions: what is the crucial problem to solve? How will possible solutions impact the social, economic, and environmental factors? How can cities maximize the impact of implementing their strategies?

Better bus routes, enabling residents to easily plan trips and motion-detection streetlights, using less power while increasing safety where and when needed. This could also expand to bike and vehicle sharing programs, by helping residents easily identify when and where vehicles are available for use. Another example is a system of autonomous corridors, where autonomous vehicles could flow easily – making roads safer, with less traffic for point-to-point transit. These corridors could also be paired with bike lanes or walking paths, further improving traffic flow and managed via smart stop lights and route management strategies.

Additionally, this could expand to integrate a local rail system or a subway network. The result is less vehicles crowding city streets and opportunities to reclaim unused routes for other uses, including urban green space and transportation centers. The particular challenges facing each city give rise to opportunities for creating unique solutions that enhance the cityscape.

Smart parking can help people reduce the time they spend while searching for a parking space in neighborhoods, and intelligent traffic lights can monitor real-time traffic, so the signals can adjust to traffic levels. Public transport can also be prioritized with the help of these traffic lights to enable buses to follow the set schedule and to solve the problem of overcrowding at peak hours.
As a leader in innovation, TE offers a wide range of high quality, easy-to-install, high-quality connectivity systems.

Smart infrastructure
The ability to analyze a large amount of data will enable cities to improve construction and maintenance plans for infrastructure. Constant information analysis can detect problems quickly and may even prevent public health crises, for example by testing real-time toxin content in water.

Smart mobility
Data must be transmitted without interruption between various private and municipal systems so that a smart city really works.
This can save energy and enhance security. All of the data and control could be accomplished through the current 4G wireless networks or 5G networks of the future. Since we will have this high-speed connection to the internet and cloud, we could use WiFi access to provide information about parking availability and special offers at the stores and restaurants in the area. Advertising revenue can be used to offset the cost of rolling this technology out in places that want to place themselves at the leading edge of the technology adoption curve.

TE is a leading manufacturer of electronic components and solutions for current and future wireless data transmission infrastructures. Extensive expertise in the wireless infrastructure industry allows TE to provide solutions with basic access and transmission equipment including base stations and remote access systems via radio or wireless broadband.

Smart IoT objects
Many have not yet realized that the market forces behind the Internet of Things have significantly, perhaps fundamentally, altered technology business relationships. Those who fail to adapt risk missing out on what could be the greatest business opportunity of the 21st century.
Every day, the world is becoming more connected. Everything from the phones we carry in our pockets, to the cars we drive, to the buildings in which we work and live, are linked to massive networks of data. Sensors and connectors designed and manufactured by TE Connectivity (TE) help keep those networks from going offline. Here are some of the ways TE is helping to create a more connected world and keep The Internet of Things growing. IoT has transformed business relationships – and market focus – in the networked technology value chain. Yesterday’s focus on equipment and integrator businesses was upended by IoT service creation and enablement. The result is a disruptive “vacuum” in the middle of the value chain. In the aftermath, networking-equipment suppliers found they need a way to gather data and deliver specialized local processing. The shift changed their product ecosystem from supporting generic networking to feeding an IoT platform powered by a demand for pre-processed data. For companies lower on the value chain, this change created a need for new and different data processing capabilities to connect with the IoT ecosystem.
In the IoT value chain, partnership is imperative to success. Few companies have the capability to source data, enable analytics at key system connections, and supply the infrastructure to deliver it all to service providers. Networking equipment providers and data aggregators from the middle of the value chain have an opportunity (a need, really) to “partner-down” in the value chain with data enablers. Data enablers, those companies with the ability to generate valued data, have the opportunity to partner with these equipment providers: It enables them to move up the value chain to deliver the data to service providers. In the end, these types of partnerships create greater value for everyone across the value chain.
TE Connectivity (TE) manufactures sensors for IoT applications from personal devices and the connected home and connected cars to smart cities. With various analog and digital output signals as well as multi-sensor readings from a single device, TE sensors are enabling increases in personal efficiency and improvement. They have some variants: for low power and for hard environment applications.
Although this smart city may seem something of a future, there are already cities like London, Tokyo, Zurich, Paris and New York who have successfully implemented smart solutions to ease the lives of their inhabitants.
TE Connectivity products are distributed by RS Components, represented in Romania by Aurocon COMPEC. For more information, visit

TE Connectivity X-Code Series, 8 Pole Cable Mount M12 Circular Connector Plug, Male Contacts, IP67

RS Stock No.: 174-2016
Manufacturer Code: 1-2315714-2

Modern Railway networks are all about speed and reliability. If it were the data transmission speed, the assembly time, avoiding network interruptions or reducing cost of service, all are equally important. Our full metal shell IP67 sealed X-coded M12 connector offers all of the above and more in one product. The 360° cable shield termination ensures the best possible data transmission speed while the machined, gold plated crimp contacts and unique torsion free jacket crimping system guarantees uninterrupted service throughout the connector lifetime.

Speed: up to 10Gb/second according to IEC 802.3an Cat 6a
Reliability: Unique cable jacket crimping system leads to fail safe connections
High data performance due to 360º EMI shielding
High system reliability due to Torsion free cable crimping leads to reduced cost of service
Field installable and compact dimensions
Full metal shell and IP67 sealed
Turned contacts for high vibration environments
All nonmetal components except for the booth NFF-16-101/102 and EN45545-2 HL3 compliant
The crimp flange and crimp barrel will be qualified to match the chosen cable contacts available for wire size AWG22-28

Author: Bogdan Grămescu

COMPEC-lOGOAurocon Compec

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