Jerusalem is taking a step in towards becoming a smart city. The Jerusalem Municipality has recently presented its plans to install a new wireless network. This will be the basis for a smart city system, allowing the installation of a camera network that can monitor streets and connect with security and emergency services.

Wireless Network in Jerusalem

Jerusalem will be the first city in Israel to establish an independent municipal network based on super fast millimeter wave technology. In fact, the city is among just a handful of cities across the world that make use of a similar type of network.

With the introduction of this network, the local government is enabling the use of¨smart city¨ services in the city. These services will affect areas such as security and safety, emergency response, parking, traffic solutions, fast internet access for schools and free Wi-Fi throughout Jerusalem.

As said by Mayor Nir Barkat:

“We are bringing the most advanced technological innovations to one of the most ancient cities in the world. Jerusalem will be the first city in all of Israel to introduce this innovative technology, which will enable us to upgrade many services for our residents. This new initiative will position us alongside the world’s leading smart cities.”

Millimeter Wave Technology

The Israeli companies Ceragon and Skilu are prominent players in advanced wireless technology installations around the world. So far, there are only a few cities that have implemented millimeter wave technology so far. Among these cities are San Francisco, New York, and London.

The frequencies used by the network are free and safe. Furthermore, thesystem is secureand emits less radiation than a standard home router. The network has a spectrum band of between 30 gigahertz and 300 gigahertz and avoids the need to install optic fibers and transmission lines. This is not only expensive, it takes a long time to install and is disruptive for the public. The network will create the ability to transfer data at speeds from 1 gigahertz to 5 gigahertz.

According to Eitan Barzilay, Chief Innovation Officer at Jerusalem’s Economic and Technological Business Development:

“This solves a big problem for us in smart-city implementation because we cannot deploy fiber optics in Jerusalem due to the rocky topography.”

Conclusion

The installation of the city’s Wi-Fi is expected to be deployed within three months. Furthermore, by the end of 2017, it is expected that it will include dozens of active links. The implementation of a millimeter wave technology network is a big step towards becoming a smart city. This enables the possibility for the city to provide its residents with smart city services. However, it might still take a while until the city of Jerusalem can be considered a smart city. Nevertheless, it has to be said that the city is entering the journey and creating a basis for further developments.