Cisco has given an ambitious green city project a huge credibility boost by agreeing to work with urban-scale sustainable technology company Living PlanIT on its creation. The new community in Portugal will use the latest cutting-edge green technology from both companies, and house over 200,000 people with minimal environmental impact.
The letter of intent signed by Cisco marks an important step in a new working partnership that will go on to create PlanIT Valley, a smart, sustainable community in the northern Portuguese municipality of Paredes. The networking giant will provide routing and switching, application networking, data center, digital media, IP interoperability and communication systems, mobility, security, storage networking, Cisco TelePresence, unified communications, video, virtualization and related services. It will also be providing the network infrastructure for Living PlanIT's Xtreme Construction (XTC) and Urban Operating System (UOS) platforms.
For Cisco, PlanIT Valley will be a real world urban-scale example of its Smart+Connected communities vision, and become the first of a new generation of greenfield cities in the world to be built on Living PlanIT’s robust, repeatable modular technology and materials platform.
Cisco's Wim Elfrink said, "Cisco envisions a future where successful communities and cities will run on networked information enabling economic development, better city management and an improved quality of life for citizens. By working collaboratively toward a common vision of Smart+Connected Communities at PlanIT Valley, Cisco and Living PlanIT are committed to driving social, economic and environmental sustainability for the residents. Everything connected to the network in these Smart+Connected Communities can be greener, more intelligent and more secure."