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Why over-the-air updates are the next big thing for smart cities

More than ever, city budgets are being pinched, and decision makers are being forced to do more with less. Significant investments, such as traffic light systems and school zone beacon systems can become obsolete without an effective, efficient and budget friendly method for upgrading features and services. Technology, and specifically over-the-air updates, can help manage this challenge.

A smart city is a connected city

Whether it is a city’s transportation system, police, fire or utility services or its network of employees and vendors, quick and accurate communication is key. Interconnectivity allows cities to be aware of what other service and safety providers are doing, especially when working together. It’s a critical component to the successful support that a city’s infrastructure provides. Connectivity is one area that has seen major advances in transportation technology. Today’s solutions are internet connected. They save time, resources and energy, and all work within improved levels of security.

Future proof investments with over-the-air updates

One of the smartest, most efficient methods of updating your equipment is by using over-the-air updates. OTA updates offer an instant, simple and sustainable solution for upgrading software across your install area. They can fix bugs, add new features, upgrade security, and even allow for future technological enhancements that haven’t been thought about yet.

Any investment in large-scale city equipment needs to be relevant for ten years, at a minimum. Purchasing equipment that is capable of being upgraded at a later date, without interruption, can make a substantial difference in your budgeting process. It also raises the importance of future-proofing your investment and why it may be one of the smartest decisions you can make.

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