Nineteen mayors around the world last week inked the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Declaration, promising to ensure new buildings in their cities will operate at net-zero carbon by 2030, with even existing edifices meeting this mandate by 2050, through the use of smart technologies and other advances.
By 2030, these city leaders vowed "owning, occupying and developing only assets that are net-zero carbon in operation." Recognizing they cannot do it alone, mayors seek the support and help of state and regional government, as well as the private sector, the declaration said.
"Net zero carbon buildings are green and healthy buildings. They use energy ultra-efficiently and are supplied by renewables," according to the mayors' statement."They are comfortable homes where money isn’t wasted on energy bills, productive workplaces insulated from extreme temperatures, and healthy schools free from dirty air."
Whether providers serve up metro high-speed Internet via fiber or VDSL or Gfast, cities where leaders want to positively effect the environment will probably create a business environment more conducive to infrastructure deployment. After all, carbon testing and monitoring devices, thermostats and appliances, doors and windows that block the worst of the sun's rays and a host of other connected solutions, gadgets and applications demand high-speed broadband and in-home WiFi.
Signatories included leaders from cities such as Copenhagen, Denmark; Johannesburg; London; Los Angeles; Montreal; New York City; Newburyport, Mass.; Paris; Portland, Ore.; San Francisco; San Jose, Calif.; Santa Monica, Calif.; Stockholm; Sydney; Tokyo; Toronto; Tshwane, South Africa; Vancouver and Washington, D.C.
The industry organization's major initiatives will address broadband differentiation based on quality of experience, global test labs for services, 5G, multi-access strategies and more, say CEO Robin Mersh and CMO Geoff Burke in an interview with BBWN.
Mike Zeto, GM of AT&T's Smart Cities division, expects metro areas to adopt platforms to manage multi-departmental IoT solutions once internal processes are aligned and more agencies are involved in smart city applications.
Fiber optic cable vendor Prysmian Group is now shipping its FlexRibbon Technology-based, US-sourced and made 6912 fiber MassLink Cable to service providers seeking densification for 5G or solutions for filled ducts.
Consumers are buying millions of IoT devices, from smart thermostats and security systems to intelligent entertainment setups and furniture. Yet many of these devices remain isolated because home users are uncomfortable connecting them to each other – or even their WiFi. After all, their WiFi network was probably designed only to handle a few laptops, a gaming system and a couple of smartphones. Now, demand on the network is surging and even though you're delivering 100 Mbps to 1 Gbps, that doesn't necessarily mean the broadband power is in the right place or reaches every corner of a home.
Even if WiFi coverage is sufficient, typing is not on trend. Voice is far more natural, easier and faster. Using a TV keyboard is archaic when more and more households have access to cloud-based voice services, like Amazon Alexa. This webinar will explore how service providers can create a comfortable, truly smart home for consumers – simultaneously driving up margin and loyalty.
Tune in to Broadband World News Radio on Thursday, November 1 at 8 a.m. PT, 11 a.m. ET, 3 p.m. UK as Ronan Kelly, CTO, EMEA & APAC Regions at ADTRAN, explores the five pillars of network integrity -- a topic he discussed during his recent Broadband World Forum keynote. Register now!