The Jerusalem Municipality is the first authority in Israel to receive approval from the Ministry of Communications for the installation of an independent municipal wireless network. The wireless network will be based on millimeter wave technology, in order to avoid the installation of fiber optic and transmission lines that are expensive, take a long time to install, and are a hazard to the public.
Thanks to the new wireless network, the city’s residents will enjoy especially high-speed data communications. The network will serve as the infrastructure for a smart city. Among the planned services for residents: installation of a camera system, control systems, security, emergency and municipal order maintenance, smart parking solutions and traffic regulation, access to high-speed Internet for the city's educational system, control of street lights that will allow for significant financial savings, and free WiFi throughout the city.
With the help of the system, that will includes HD and HD-4k cameras, we will be able to view hundreds of critical sites throughout the city in real time, activate forces, and control events more effectively. This is achieved by using the world's most advanced communications network to transfer high-quality video footage to municipal and security forces.
The frequencies used by the network are completely free and safe to use. The system is also secure, and there is no risk of a privacy breach. The equipment used has an extremely low level of radiation - lower than a standard home router - thanks to the high frequency and narrow beam transmission.
We plan to install the new municipal communications network within three months, and by the end of 2017, there will be dozens of active links.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barket indicated that, “For one of the oldest cities in the world, we bring out the most innovative news in the country. This innovative technology, that will be installed in Jerusalem, and for the first time in Israel, will enable us to upgrade many services for residents, and will put us in line with the world's leading smart cities. "
Eitan Barzelai, Head of the Economic and Technological Business Development Administration, added that, "this is a significant technological breakthrough in smart city applications. The implementation of the new technology in the city is an advanced solution to the fiber optic installation problem, which derives from Jerusalem’s unique geological structure, as opposed to many cities around the world. The Jerusalem Municipality adopts innovative technology that has proven itself worldwide, to build a communications infrastructure for a smart and safe city. The municipal communications network will improve security and service quality for residents, and at the same time, save a considerable amount in municipal expenses. "