Tuesday 17th September 2019

Cool IoT Use Cases: Memphis set to deploy a smart city transportation system

Published on May 3rd, 2019

Market overview

Smart cities need to do more than merely connect devices and infrastructure. They have the potential to engage citizens, improve city services, ensure public safety, and enable a better quality of life. Memphis is laying the groundwork in order to realise those objectives.

The problem

Smart city initiatives need an agile, adaptive, secure infrastructure. Network management needs to be relatively simple, able to accommodate growing bandwidth demands, and support the use of forward-looking technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI)-powered IP camera implementations. That’s a tall order.

The players

The City of Memphis, Tennessee and Extreme Networks, whose headquarters are in San Jose, California. The company delivers adaptive, secure solutions that go from the enterprise edge to the cloud in order to enable digital transformation processes.

The solution

Extreme’s switching, management, and analytics technology as well as the company’s professional services are enabling Memphis to realise its smart city objectives. They include: an automated infrastructure designed to transform the transportation hub by paving the way for autonomous vehicles, an intelligent transportation system, and AI-driven public safety initiatives. Transportation is particularly important as Memphis is home to FedEx and the world’s second busiest cargo airport.

Business benefits

  • Automated, software-driven infrastructure
  • Visibility, control, and security for IoT devices
  • Centralised management and granular analytics

The author is freelance technology writer, Bob Emmerson

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