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January 17, 2020

An App Store for Cities? NearSky Connect has Everything a City Needs

January 17, 2020 - In our line of work, we spend a lot of time talking to cities.  What we’ve discovered: cities are like snowflakes, no two are exactly alike.  

Every city has its own unique challenges: some cities have icy roads, some have too much traffic, some have night clubs that are too loud, too late. Whats the one thing cities across the globe do have in common? They’re all are turning to technology to find answers to their problems.  

In response, we’ve created NearSky Connect, a partnership program and marketplace which combine to create a one-stop-shop for all smart city needs. This collaborative program leverages our smart city platform NearSky which lets cities deploy customized technology solutions by choosing the perfect application to meet their needs from our portfolio of partner products. Every partner product is pre-vetted, integrated and ready for plug and play installation directly on the streetlight.  

Smart city solution providers benefit from our experience in the market

NearSky Connect eliminates pain points in deploying and managing outdoor IoT systems through our plug and play product features and our experience in the field. Partners with limited experience in communication networks or outdoor applications can reach new markets by leveraging the NearSky platform to deploy their solution in new ways, expanding their potential market reach with minimal investment. 

Partners also enjoy software development support and can leverage CIMCON’s APIs and Solutions Team to build their own smart city applications. With our SDK, a partner can quickly develop and deploy new edge applications with secure data transfer, storage, and syndication. 

The icing on the cake? Certified partner solutions are listed on our marketplace and sold through our mature sales channels, granting credibility to new solutions in the market and expanding our partners geographic reach. 

NearSky Connect makes it easier for cities to deploy solutions

Citiescan customize their smart city applications with modular technology solutions designed to solve their specific challenges (traffic congestion, poor air quality, etc).  Because the solutions are integrated into one platform, cities can to view all of their data in one place, where they can correlate and build context around that data. By managing the integration and buying processes between partner solutions, NearSky Connect reduces deployment costs and total cost of ownership of technology solutions.  

Everything a city needs, all in one place

Think of NearSky Connect as the city’s app store, and the NearSky 360 as the city’s smart phone. CIMCON is making it easier for application developers to reach end users by creating a marketplace of solutions, all serving different needs for a city, but packaged into one easy-to- use platform.  Currently, our partners help our customers monitor air quality, traffic, road conditions and much more. Better yet, developers are constantly working to build new applications.

If we’ve learned anything in our time in the emerging smart city market, it’s that two things are key to success: flexibility and strong partners. Through NearSky Connect, we’re doing the leg work to make sure our customers have unmatched access to the best partners in the market with the flexibility to deploy all the solutions they need with nothing that they don’t.  

Written by: Liz Glivinski
Date: January 17, 2020

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