Smart Cities and Connected Communities

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Connecting People to the Cloud – and Each Other.  All around the world, people are migrating to cities. In response, municipalities, internet providers, and hyperscale data centers are relying on advanced connectivity to efficiently manage the technology required to operate the services crucial to competing globally.


Driving this evolution are innovative connectivity solutions for collecting data, distributing power, transmitting signals and enabling higher level control in emerging applications. These solutions – from custom antennas and sealed connectors to lightweight cabling and multi-property sensors – are transforming traditional infrastructure into smart infrastructure: with intelligent street lighting and buildings, on-demand transit systems, and real-time smart meters – for public parking, home utilities, personal devices.

One rapidly evolving application is the connected light pole. Once only capable of providing light, today's generation is an energy-efficient, LED-powered device equipped with ANSI-compliant dimming receptacles to automatically adjust illumination based on traffic and environmental conditions. It is designed to detect, collect, and connect data about traffic, pedestrians, and public safety across high-resolution municipal networks. Making this innovation possible are rugged sensors, connectors, and components build for heavy use in harsh environments.


At TE, we make the connectivity solutions enabling public and private organizations to connect, accelerate, and protect the flow of data, power, and signal – in communications and energy systems – across cities and regions.

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