Best Practices – Public Wi-Fi and Smart City Mobile Applications

Public Wi-Fi and Smart City mobile applications are very complementary. The complementary values associated with the deployment of public Wi-Fi and Smart City mobile applications, include:

  • For the city, public Wi-Fi network and Smart City mobile applications provide connectivity that allows devices such as cameras and sensors to be deployed (often referred to as the Internet of Things or IoT) to enable new services.
  • City employees will be able to use the Wi-Fi system, which can reduce cellular voice, and data usage costs for field workers and provide better access to information.
  • For residents and visitors, public Wi-Fi network provides high bandwidth, low latency and no/low-cost access to online services including innovative mobile smartphone applications.
  • For crowded outdoor venues (such as stadiums and parks), or indoor venues (such as community centres), Wi-Fi can be essential to delivering online connectivity, or sustained data speeds necessary for best user experience in accessing online services.
  • Residents get anytime, anywhere Wi-Fi access to the city’s e-government online services through mobile devices and mobile applications. Visitors can obtain ready access to innovative services, which connect them with the city attractions, history and businesses. Ultimately, everyone benefits from the access to a low cost access to information.
  • A low cost or free Wi-Fi service will assist in reducing the resulting “digital divide” while in general allowing greater engagement in the digital community/economy.
  • For the city a widely deployed Wi-Fi network may have the potential to limit proliferation of cell towers in the city by allowing the offloading of cellular traffic through lower-powered Wi-Fi access points.