Government industry trends are showing public and free wifi are essential for cities and communities.
Go on Google and type “places with” and the results will need no explanation. “Places with wifi near me” come before anything else, including food and entertainment.
Current figures speak volumes: 58% of EU citizens who need public services choose to go online says the EU Digital Economy Report*; there are currently 3.6 billion mobile internet users worldwide and 5 bn are expected by 2025 which would account for 61% of the population; 60% of connections are via smartphone, projected to grow to 79% by 2025; there are 9.1 bn IoT connections currently and they are projected to grow to 25 bn by 2025**.
But it’s not just about citizens. Public employees in government offices are more mobile and connected, while workers in the field, such as maintenance crews, are better protected with extended wifi connectivity.
Other important public connectivity users are public services and smart city solutions: city applications, e-city guides, smart energy metering, smart parking, digital display, smart health, smart video protection services all rely on a secure municipal wifi solution. There are over 250 smart city projects in approximately 200 cities around the world, the majority focusing on government initiatives, says a report from Navigant Research.*** These cities are going beyond open data policies to “the exploitation of a wide range of data sources and the establishment of city platforms for information sharing and use of analytics.” The use of this multitude of data requires enhanced, secured connectivity.
All this connectivity is stressing traditional network infrastructures, and visibly, the demand is only going to grow. With every connection, and every Internet of Things (IoT) system, the network becomes a gateway for a potential cyberattack. Therefore, a reliable, secure and high-performance wifi is moving to the top of the agenda for public sector organizations.
What is the basis of a reliable, secure, free public wifi access?
• An Enterprise-grade, ubiquitous connectivity, simply and manageably
• Minimal failure and optimal performance
• Data security for both individual users and connected objects
To help government organizations select the right solution for their public wifi and smart city networks, together with our experts, we have created a dedicated Public WiFi How to’s series.
Read the next blog in the series: How to build a solid public wifi network.
Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise has developed an adapted WLAN product line that keeps in mind tourists and local citizens satisfaction, the IoT explosion and the latest standards. It was designed to be fit for the government industry. Are you exploring a wi-fi solution for your community or city? Explore the public wi-fi vendor comparison.
위기의 시대에 간단하고 안전한 원격 네트워킹 솔루션으로 끈김없는 비즈니스 운영과 직원의 안전을 동시에 실현할 수 있습니다.
802.11 ax는 차세대 무선 네트워크 표준인 Wi-Fi 6입니다. 이 표준의 이점에 대해 읽어보고 팟캐스트에서 전문가들의 의견을 들어보세요.
모바일 및 IoT 연결의 보편화가 도시의 Wi-Fi 환경에 부담을 가중하고 있습니다. 아래에서 강력한 공용 Wi-Fi 네트워크를 구축하는 방법에 대해 알아보세요.