City Networks Task Force

The Wireless Infrastructure Association is partnering with the Smart Cities Council on a City Networks Task Force to explain the crucial role wireless and wired infrastructure will have in making a city smart. Cities and communities across the country are facing many common challenges associated with urbanization, such as increases in the use of power and water consumption, crime and traffic. A primary objective of the task force is to educate and empower stakeholders as they work to deploy the wireless and wireline broadband networks that are essential to smart city applications.

Members of the City Networks Task Force address how the deployment of smart city infrastructure and robust communications networks can effectively deliver key public services to citizens by increasing efficiencies in transportation, public safety and sustainability – while at the same time, supporting economic development.

Key focus areas of the City Networks Task Force include:

  • Educate city leaders, government officials, industry professionals and other key stakeholders about available wireless technologies and the benefits, challenges and opportunities of smart city deployments.
  • Advocate for federal, state and local governments’ adoption of best practices, including regulations that spur investment and streamline deployment of wireless technologies.
  • Drive partner development opportunities for industry leaders including vendors/OEMs, network operators, infrastructure owners, system integrators, professional engineering firms, universities, public/private laboratories, standards development bodies, utilities, and capital investment firms.

What we offer leaders
Our current initiatives to encourage the deployment of robust communications networks include:

  • Updating the communications chapter of the Smart Cities Readiness Guide – the leading framework for a smart city used by public sector officials all over the world
  • Drafting informational advocacy tools to showcase best practices for the deployment of network infrastructure that promotes economic development while also safeguarding citizens
  • Creating city planning guides with checklists of assets and network resources as well as white papers exploring the economic impact of broadband infrastructure deployments and addressing network technology architecture and business models used for applications in key city sectors such as transportation, public safety, electricity, water, gas and more
  • Launching visibility campaigns to help government leaders and citizens understand that smart cities represent a path to a better future, including social media outreach, video messaging and public relations activities
  • Participating in regional events where state and local government representatives can learn directly from some of the world’s top experts in the many disciplines that combine to create a smart city.

 The City Networks Task Force is co-chaired by Jason Nelson of Smart Cities Council and Kayla Gardner of WIA with John Wilson of Hitachi leading the Industry Executive Committee to help empower the City Networks Task Force. For more information or to participate, contact Tracy Ford, executive director, Member Services at WIA.