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Smart Cities

Cities around the world are becoming smarter using technology to improve the lives of their residents. Smart City technology can transform cities into modern technology hubs by applying analytics and technological solutions to advance and improve city services.

UTOPIA Fiber believes in the future that Smart City technology can enable. This year, we formed a UTOPIA Fiber Smart City Innovation Lab to maintain our Smart City applications and work to create new, innovative technology to beta test and deploy throughout Utah. Here are some of the Smart City applications that we are currently operating:

Fire Detection
Air Quality
Wi-Fi Hotspots
Internet Connections for City Buildings

The EDWIN Project (Early Detection Wildfire Imaging Network) is a UTOPIA Fiber fire detection initiative that monitors high-risk wildfire areas using fiber-connected thermal-imaging cameras. Wildfire poses a severe risk to both people and property in Utah, where, until recently, reporting methods relied predominately on human detection.

With EDWIN, cities can automatically detect wildfires and better enforce fire restrictions. This is a Smart City application that has the potential of dramatically improving the response times for first responders, saving lives and property. For more information on this project, check out the project website here.

 

Our high-speed, reliable Internet can also help communities monitor and record air quality. UTOPIA Fiber is proud to be the #1 provider of air quality sensors in Utah. Purple Air sensors provide crucial air quality data worldwide and are also free and open to the public. Check out the Purple Air website to see how the air quality in your area is right now.

Access to high-speed Internet is essential. We knew that long before the COVID-19 crisis hit and have been providing free Wi-Fi hotspots thought Utah since 2011. Our Smarty City Innovation Lab team is working to connect more locations, and we plan to announce those areas soon. Here is a list of the public locations where we currently provide connectivity.

Wi-Fi Hotspots

Centerville
  • Founder’s Park
  • Baseball Fields
  • Porter-Walton Park
Layton
  • Oak Forest Park
  • Layton High
  • King Elementary
  • Lakeview Cemetery
  • Andy Adams Park
  • Chapel Park
  • Chelsie Meadows Park
  • Ellison Park
  • Layton Commons Park
  • Legacy Park
  • Oak Forest Park
  • Sand Ridge Park
  • Vae View Park
  • Woodward Park
Orem
  • All Together Playground/City Center
  • Lakeside
  • Palasade
  • Timpanogos Park
  • SCERA
Perry
  • Perry Park
West Valley City
  • Scottsdale
  • City
  • Maple Meadows
  • Woodledge
  • Peachwood
  • Bridle Farms
  • Kingspointe
  • Parkway
  • Centennial
  • Utah Cultural Celebration Center
  • Back Nine
  • Country Meadows
  • Falcon Crest
  • Hunter Ridge
  • Meadowlands
  • West View
  • Fassio Farm

We provide reliable, fast fiber Internet connections to most of our member cities’ central offices and several non-member cities. We deliver fiber connections to City Halls and dedicated internal connections to other city services such as Public Works buildings, Fire, and Police Departments. Using generators and UPS devices in our network locations, we can ensure these essential services have maximum uptime and reliability.

Fiber connections to city halls also enable city meetings to be broadcasted smoothly with a reliable Internet connection, allowing residents to stay up to date with local politics and council meetings without leaving their homes.

Fire Detection

The EDWIN Project (Early Detection Wildfire Imaging Network) is a UTOPIA Fiber fire detection initiative that monitors high-risk wildfire areas using fiber-connected thermal-imaging cameras. Wildfire poses a severe risk to both people and property in Utah, where, until recently, reporting methods relied predominately on human detection.

With EDWIN, cities can automatically detect wildfires and better enforce fire restrictions. This is a Smart City application that has the potential of dramatically improving the response times for first responders, saving lives and property. For more information on this project, check out the project website here.

 

Air Quality

Our high-speed, reliable Internet can also help communities monitor and record air quality. UTOPIA Fiber is proud to be the #1 provider of air quality sensors in Utah. Purple Air sensors provide crucial air quality data worldwide and are also free and open to the public. Check out the Purple Air website to see how the air quality in your area is right now.

Wi-Fi Hotspots

Access to high-speed Internet is essential. We knew that long before the COVID-19 crisis hit and have been providing free Wi-Fi hotspots thought Utah since 2011. Our Smarty City Innovation Lab team is working to connect more locations, and we plan to announce those areas soon. Here is a list of the public locations where we currently provide connectivity.

Wi-Fi Hotspots

Centerville
  • Founder’s Park
  • Baseball Fields
  • Porter-Walton Park
Layton
  • Oak Forest Park
  • Layton High
  • King Elementary
  • Lakeview Cemetery
  • Andy Adams Park
  • Chapel Park
  • Chelsie Meadows Park
  • Ellison Park
  • Layton Commons Park
  • Legacy Park
  • Oak Forest Park
  • Sand Ridge Park
  • Vae View Park
  • Woodward Park
Orem
  • All Together Playground/City Center
  • Lakeside
  • Palasade
  • Timpanogos Park
  • SCERA
Perry
  • Perry Park
West Valley City
  • Scottsdale
  • City
  • Maple Meadows
  • Woodledge
  • Peachwood
  • Bridle Farms
  • Kingspointe
  • Parkway
  • Centennial
  • Utah Cultural Celebration Center
  • Back Nine
  • Country Meadows
  • Falcon Crest
  • Hunter Ridge
  • Meadowlands
  • West View
  • Fassio Farm
Internet Connections for City Buildings

We provide reliable, fast fiber Internet connections to most of our member cities’ central offices and several non-member cities. We deliver fiber connections to City Halls and dedicated internal connections to other city services such as Public Works buildings, Fire, and Police Departments. Using generators and UPS devices in our network locations, we can ensure these essential services have maximum uptime and reliability.

Fiber connections to city halls also enable city meetings to be broadcasted smoothly with a reliable Internet connection, allowing residents to stay up to date with local politics and council meetings without leaving their homes.

Smart City applications of the future:

Smart City technology is developing rapidly around the world. With the increased interest in Smart City applications, technologies will continue to evolve and grow. Here are some examples of Smart City technology other cities have employed that our Innovation Lab may one day develop.

  • City lighting: Smart streetlights can function as Wi-Fi hotspots, charging ports for phones and electric cars, as well as air quality sensors.
  • Connected public transport: Sensors in public transit hubs can collect and transfer traffic data to the city’s public transportation department. Officials can then use this data to electronically inform commuters of how long they will have to wait for the bus or train in real-time.
  • Smart Parking: Smart parking can be powered with a high-speed broadband connection and enable residents to park, pay on their phone, and refill the meter without going back to their car.
  • Waste management: Buildings in highly populated areas can be equipped with smart garbage collection stations that have sensors to detect when they are full and automatically send trash through high-pressure pipes to waste collection centers.
  • Smart Grid Energy Tracking: Smart energy grids allow city officials to collect data on and analyze power usage within a city. Using these analytics, they can predict heavy use times and distribute energy accordingly.
  • Public Safety: Live crime maps can utilize public safety data to detect and prevent crime patterns. This data can identify high-crime areas and allow police forces to reinforce security in these spots.

If you’re a city official interested in utilizing Smart City applications, contact our Smart City Innovation Lab at communications@utopiafiber.com.