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Allied Telesis Provides Networking Foundation to Partner Ecosystem for Full-Scale Smart City Initiatives

Successfully building a Smart City from the ground up, with Allied Telesis intelligent technologies at the foundation layer.

’Smart City’ is no longer just a buzz term. The creation of a Smart City lies in its inhabitants and the large volume of data they generate every second of every day. The quality of the smart services provided is thanks to the technologies used to gather, transport, analyze and finally utilize the processed data.

As the need for better access to services (mobility, transportation, health, public administration services and more) increases, the transition to a Smart City approach is rapidly becoming a necessity.

Razvan Dobrescu

General Manager, Fujitsu Romania.

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The access area uses Allied Telesis Ethernet Protection Switched Ring (EPSRing™) to provide optimal redundancy. EPSRing creates a high-speed ring of Ethernet switches to ensure that the network isn’t susceptible to a single point of failure, as any issue with a link or switch is automatically resolved by the ring in as little as 50ms—ensuring non-stop connectivity for video surveillance, sensors and other data. EPSR rings can be connected at 10s or even 100s of Gigabits per second to enable reliable transport of all IoT device data city-wide. In addition, Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) is used by switches in the access area to connect and power (over a single data cable) devices like surveillance cameras and environmental sensors, which might otherwise be inconvenient to locate power sources for.

Supporting all this infrastructure is the Allied Telesis Autonomous Management Framework™ (AMF), a comprehensive suite of features that combine to simplify and automate management across all network equipment from the core to the edge. AMF enables one, many, or all network devices to be managed at once, greatly reducing administration time and effort. Powerful automation features like auto-backup, auto-recovery, auto-provisioning, and auto-upgrade enable zero-touch management for truly plug-and-play networking.

The backbone area uses a combination of EPSR and Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) routing technology to provide further redundancy, and to facilitate the simple addition of new services. OSPF allows complex Layer 3 networks with multiple routers to easily balance network traffic loads. Any new service, or access to current services, can be easily accommodated by simply plugging into any part of the backbone network. Plus, AMF automatically keeps track of these configurations.

The data center uses Allied Telesis Virtual Chassis Stacking (VCStack™) for seamless management and a resilient network core providing maximum uptime, as well as scalability and performance.

The entire foundation network is built with Allied Telesis equipment, which is known industry-wide for its high performance using hardware built for high availability, ensuring that the city’s network will operate continuously—without suffering device failure or downtime.

The Allied Telesis Vista Manager™ EX network management and monitoring tool provides a single-pane-of-glass graphical interface into the entire network infrastructure—including all devices that utilize AMF Plus for centralized and automated management. This powerful combination of AMF Plus and Vista Manager works seamlessly to provide intuitive and proactive network administration.

The Envigilant Systems Platform (ESP) from Allied Telesis is a state-of-the-art IoT platform. It integrates all data from cameras and sensors into a single event database, and processes it continuously to detect events of interest. ESP can scale up to thousands of events per second, allowing not only for increasing numbers of existing sensors, but also for the addition of new sensor types that can facilitate new Smart City services, such as intelligent lighting, alternative public transportation, water management and much more.

The complexity of Smart City projects is so big that no single vendor can complete them successfully on their own. This is why Allied Telesis joins forces with trusted technology partners.

As a data communication and data management infrastructure vendor, we sit between the sources generating the data and the applications processing it. This special position, which connects the partners’ technologies together, makes us both proud and responsible.

As we have done for many years, we will continue to work very closely with our partners to ensure a perfect fit between our technologies, to the benefit of our customers.

Calin Poenaru

General Manager Allied Telesis Romania.

Combining industry-leading expertise with scalable, innovative camera and IoT solutions, Axis makes Smart Cities more livable by improving efficiency for public safety, urban mobility and environmental monitoring.

A Smart City relies on connected devices and data to improve efficiency. Integration, cooperation and partnerships are critical to making this happen. Axis has always been committed to a partnership approach, working with a vast number of solution providers, each bringing their knowledge and expertise to benefit cities through development of customized solutions.

Bogdan Gavril

Axis Communications Romania, Chief Technical Lead.

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As Fujitsu is one of the oldest technology providers in the world, our concern has always been to stay at the forefront of technology innovation, constantly striving to research and develop the best solutions.

This applies to helping develop Smart Cities all around the globe, so it was a natural step to join forces with likeminded technology providers, to ensure solutions are a success and can become ‘best practice’.

Razvan Dobrescu

General Manager, Fujitsu Romania.