Radio frequency systems performance in Smart Cities

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Radio frequency systems performance in Smart Cities: Automated Network Evaluation in Urban Settings

As Internet of Things (IoT) technologies become more common and the systems based on these technologies become an accepted part of day-to-day life, it becomes increasingly important that reliable wireless networks are available to support critical infrastructure.

Many approaches to enabling and realising IoT rely on wireless technology, using radio communication to transport data. With limited radio bandwidth available, competition for channels, as well as the potential for interference, problems can arise. As urban environments become ever more populated and the use of IoT technologies increases, further demands will be placed on existing and newly defined wireless networks.

Coupled with this, we’re likely to use these systems for increasingly critical data, related to the operation of our urban environments so, will have greater dependency on these wireless infrastructures. As a result, there is a need to deepen our understanding of how the available radio spectrum is being used, the potential conflicting effects of limited control and, in turn, how these networks are affected by rapid changes to our urban landscapes.

Understanding these issues in order to influence design of cities and IoT platforms is crucial in order to effectively unlock the potential of IoT.


In partnership with public and private sector stakeholders, the project will review the current understanding and literature, survey IoT support networks and test new recommendations.

The conclusions will be disseminated to interested parties including those engaged in the design and development of cities.

A guidance note on how to make IoT friendly cities which addresses technical, regulatory and policy challenges will be produced.

Project lead:

Professor Martin Mayfield, the Unviersity of Sheffield
Professor Tim O’Farrell, the University of Sheffield
Steve Jubb, the University of Sheffield


The University of Sheffield Urban Flows Observatory
Newcastle University Urban Observatory

Further public and private sector partners to be confirmed.

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