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Wireless SuperCluster (WSC)
Team Members Content Team

City of Concord CA, City of San Leandro CA, County of San Mateo CA, Joint Venture Silicon Valley, Adaptable Security, Crown Castle, Oku Solutions LLC, Ruckus Networks (ARRIS), Smart Connections LLC, Strategy of Things, Verizon Smart Communities

Advisory Team

National Telecommunications and Information Administration, City of Schenectady NY, Carnegie Mellon University - Silicon Valley, Institute for Communications Technology Management (USC Marshall School, Civic Foundry LLC, Orange SV, T-Mobile, US Postal Service, Venture Smarter

Blueprint Public Wi-Fi Blueprint
Municipal IoT Blueprint

This set of 15 projects is managed by the Wireless team and is focused on development of best practices for the deployment of wireless systems. Wireless networks can be a tool for economic development, a lever for tackling the digital divide and homework gap, as a core infrastructure in IoT networks, and supporting smart city applications such as public safety, energy, lighting, transportation, and more.

The success or failure of wireless network deployments often hinges on a variety of factors and tradeoffs between public policy, physics, and economics. As a result, many municipalities have struggled to deploy and sustain these systems. The Wireless SuperCluster will address these issues by focusing annually on vertical segments within the wider wireless ecosystem, conduct analysis aimed at uncovering the best practices for successful deployments, and producing blueprints based upon that informed analysis. These analyses will be conducted in the form of interviews, workshops, and reviewed case studies. Our current roadmap for the Wireless SuperCluster is:

  • 2017: Public Wi-Fi (Completed - Download The Blueprint above)
  • 2019: Internet of Things (Completed - Download The Blueprint above)
  • 2021: CBRS
  • 2022: 5G


  • David Witkowski, Executive Director,
    Wireless Communications Initiative,
    Joint Venture Silicon Valley
  • Jon Walton,
    Chief Information Officer,
    San Mateo County, CA
  • Tony Batalla,
    IT Manager/Director,
    City of San Leandro, CA


AmsterdamBeaconmile.jpg Amsterdam IoT Living Laboratory and Beacon mile
We provide public networks, open infrastructure and data for developers to accelerate emerging IoT innovations for Smart City solutions
  • Glimworm creates Internet of Things infrastructure for the city of Amsterdam via the IoT Living Lab by installing Eddystone beacons, iBeacons, sensors and LoRa (long range) wireless networks that accelerate smart citizen solutions. KPN creates a digital infrastructure by connecting all objects in the city to the www.
  • The Living Lab in Amsterdam is open and implemented in public spaces to provide access to developers and solution providers to test next generation interactive (mobile) applications and sensors that also generate open data thus creating new value chains across industries and economy of scale
  • The goal of IoT Living Lab is to provide IoT infrastructure and actionable Open Data and developer friendly platforms for emerging IoT innovations which stimulates the creation of new startups and (mobile-) applications making a rapid impact on the local economy.”
SanMateoWiFi.jpg Bay Area Unified Wi-Fi Roaming Security and Ease of Use
As more and more cities deploy public Wi-Fi service, security and ease of use are becoming critical. In addition, the service becomes fragmented and constrained by geopolitical boundaries. This action cluster will deploy and evaluate the impact of new Wi-Fi authentication and access management solutions that deliver not only the highest possible end-user security, but will allow participating municipalities to create a unified regional system that users can automatically connect to when in range, regardless of what city/county they are in.
GeorgiaTechIOT.png Campus Array Node and Array of Things Network Dual Deployment
The Project entails the dual deployment of Argonne National Labs’ Array of Things (AoT, v.2) and Georgia Tech Research Institute’s Campus Array Node (CAN, v.1). In combination, these two sensor networks will aid multi-modal transit from the perspective of both operators and users.

Partnering with the City of Atlanta, Georgia Tech Research Institute, and Argonne National Labs, and focusing on issues related to multi-modal transit, the Project focuses on the on-the-ground interoperation of two Internet of Things systems—AoT focused on environmental sensing and CAN focused on traffic/public safety monitoring—and how to display real-time data for public transit operators, pedestrians, and officials in meaningful ways that inform efficient, effective, and comfortable use of various mobility options.

From the engineering and infrastructural considerations to the political and community issues, the Project is a case study of a cyber-physical system that will result in a model of how to proceed with issues of interoperable Internet of Things systems, from technical standards to community engagement to areas of future work.

SchenectadyWiFi.jpeg Connecting Communities with Public Wi-Fi technology and local Tourism mobile applications
Provide areas of Public Wi-Fi for use by residents, employees and visitors while deploying informational mobile application showcasing local businesses and giving real time data for local trolley schedules.

Using technology to collect data which will improve the operation of local governments.

CasaPeraltaLights.png CryptoMove San Leandro Smart Lights Project
Create reference architecture for Smart Lights and Sensors via deployment of CryptoMove Moving Target Data Protection to render data onto a constantly shifting and mutating defensive fabric, thereby greatly decreasing the likelihood of exfiltration of sensitive data, and likewise for ransomware probability.
ActionClusterImage.png Cybersecurity Risk Assessment and Mitigation
Empower municipalities with cybersecurity risk assessment methodology and resources to enable timely understanding of their risk levels and appropriate mitigation against cyberrisks.

The risk assessment methodology is adapted from NIST Cybersecurity Framework with a Technical Risk Rating component and an Expert Assessment. The daunting resource shortage is addressed by a unique volunteer matching mechanism based on public-private partnerships.

Singaporefreewifi.jpg Deployment of user-friendly, secure and sustainable federated public Wi-Fi systems
To deploy a sustainable federated public Wi-Fi solution across Singapore that is has easy to use secure authenticated access and jointly develop a set of best practices with cities, industry players, and the academia to promote coordinated public Wi-Fi deployment, to address signal interference issues, standardizing user experience and security.
EastPaloAltoInnovation.jpg East Palo Alto Neighborhood Innovation Zone
* PPP demonstration project leveraging fiber optic, smart poles and wireless technologies (CBRS, Wi-Fiber, TIP Open Network, etc.) for connecting underserved neighborhoods.
  • Coalition between non-profits, municipals, and corporations to improve broadband for public good.
  • Focus on connecting community centers, service organizations, and local government facilities.
FloodJudgeS.png Flood Judge
Combining low cost / commodity sensors, enterprise IT skillsets, existing / familiar tools with the power of the cloud and artificial intelligence to proactively monitor and alert water levels in creeks during storm activity.
TIoT-Enabled Smart City Framework.png IoT Device Security for Smart Cities
* Use of PKI to mutually-authenticate IoT devices to networks & gateways
  • Secure provisioning, registration and production PKI certificates
  • Life-Cycle Management of IoT Device certificates
LinkNYC.jpg LinkNYC
LinkNYC is a first-of-its-kind communications network that will bring the fastest available municipal Wi-Fi to millions of New Yorkers, small businesses, and visitors. The five-borough LinkNYC network, which will be funded through advertising revenues, will be built at no cost to taxpayers and will generate more than $500 million in revenue for the City over the first 12 years.

The approach used for this program was to bring the best companies together that are subject matter experts in their respective areas to deliver a product that would provide a public services to citizens and generate a revenue stream for the City of New York. Partners include New York City, Qualcomm Incorporated, Intersection, and CiviQ Smartscapes.

NerveNet.jpeg NerveNet: Regional Resilient IoT Platform
* Shirahama is a town on the Pacific coast having a beautiful beach, attracting more than three million tourists. Nearly 10 % are inbound, demanding free Wi-Fi Internet service. It has been promoting “Work in Shirahama”.
  • Shirahama, on the other hand, has to prepare for earthquakes and tsunamis because it is officially said the probability of a large, M8-M10 class earthquake occurring within 30 years is approximately 70%.
  • The project aims at clarifying the effectiveness of a resilient communication platform called NerveNet, developed by NICT, which provides resilient local communication as well as connectivity to the Internet.
PA2040 Project.png PA2040 Public Wi-Fi
Create wireless mesh backhaul infrastructure as part of smart city IoT deployment throughout the 1700 to 1900 blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington DC to enable public connectivity to services and enhanced connectivity for government operations and public safety. Involves city technology, planning, and transportation agencies, local Business Improvement District (BID), federal District planning agency, and technology solution providers.
Gctc-proj-grace.jpg Project GRACE
The present Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) is known to be inadequate for the current scale of the Internet and the situation is exacerbated with the advent of IoT. Project GRACE (Graceful Remediation with Authenticated Certificateless Encryption) implements a security architecture using an advanced form of pairing-based cryptography called Verifiable Identity-based Encryption (VIBE) to provide a simple, scalable and secure key management for the cloud services, the IoT and indeed the Critical Information Infrastructure (CII) which are otherwise vulnerable to the extant and new cyber-physical attacks.
Covenant University.jpg SmartCU - Covenant University Smart City
# The project seeks to create an instrumented, interconnected and intelligent work, social and living environment that engender positive real-time interaction of people, places, things and processes with the Covenant University community.
  1. The goal is to create a smart community through an integration of relevant emergent technologies such as Internet of things (IoT), cloud computing, ICT networks, wireless sensor networks, artificial intelligence, and Big Data analytics.
  2. The emphasis is on the creation of a model Smart City, using Covenant University as the case study.