Ubicquia: Making Cities Smarter Overnight

Ian Aaron, CEO
Technology has always been deeply intertwined with the evolution of cities. And now, rapid urbanization, aging infrastructure, and the need for improved quality of life are hastening the shift toward smarter cities. To make cities more livable, resilient, economically sound, and sustainable, it is necessary to leverage innovative smart city solutions. Developing smart cities is an incessant process and the first step toward achieving that, as recognized by many industry experts, is smart street lighting. Also known as connected lighting, it helps cities save energy, lower costs, and reduce maintenance while providing a backbone for a range of applications like traffic management, smart parking, extended Wi-Fi and more. Florida-based Ubicquia, a connected network and IoT platform provider, offers municipalities, utilities, and broadband service providers a cost-effective and expandable platform for smart city deployment, broadband and small cell services. “We take a street light and turn it into a cost-effective and modular platform that provides advanced lighting control, environmental monitoring, public Wi-Fi services and more,” says Ian Aaron, CEO, Ubicquia.

Ubicquia’s product suite includes Ubicell, Ubihub, and Ubimetro, all of which are compatible and compliant with the standard NEMA electrical socket. Ubicell is a plug-and-play street light router that provides advanced light control, broadband connectivity, utility grade power metering, and video and audio edge processing. It also provides real-time data on air quality, signal strength of mobile networks, the impact of high winds and storms on a street pole and more. Each Ubicell unit includes mesh Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities that easily allow for connection to third-party sensors such as air quality sensors and IP cameras. Ubihub is Ubicquia’s next-generation gigabit switch that provides edge processing and backup through SFP fiber connection. It has three Power over Ethernet (POE) ports that allow users to plug in cameras, digital signage, third-party sensors, and broadband. Ubimetro is a streetlight powered small cell with an omnidirectional antenna and NEMA socket plug-and-play platform that helps operators more rapidly densify their networks, improve wireless network capacity, and increase macro network efficiency.

We take a street light and turn it into a cost-effective and modular platform that provides advanced lighting control, environmental monitoring, and public Wi-Fi services

“Our platform enables users to not only deploy the data but also aggregate, access, and leverage it,” adds Aaron.

Ubicquia’s products find application in parking space detection, traffic counting, license plate recognition, and gunshot and audio detection. It also acts as an open development platform for third-party applications, responds and leverages existing routing networks, while being cost-effective and expandable. Illustrating Ubicquia’s capabilities, Aaron cites a case study where one of their clients wanted to use ornamental light poles along sidewalks to provide public Wi-Fi services. Subsequently, Ubicquia integrated light control, third-party sensors, and LED elements into Ubicell to provide the client a product that met their requirements. “We presented them with a low-cost identity solution in just a day,” adds Aaron.

Apart from providing services like lighting control, public Wi-Fi, and environmental monitoring, Ubicquia’s products are compatible will all LTE networks and offer air quality sensing, camera surveillance, and real-time signal monitoring of a mobile network. Ubicquia also recently joined AT&T’s Smart Cities Strategic Alliance to help cities enhance connectivity and improve functions like transportation, lighting, safety, and sustainability. “We’re excited about the AT&T partnership and look forward to working closely with them in deploying smart city solutions,” concludes Aaron.

Ubicquia News

Ubicquia and Altiostar Expand Partnership to Accelerate Rural Broadband

LOS ANGELES: Ubicquia®, the global leader in simply smart, simply connected network and IoT platforms for smart cities, and Altiostar, the pioneer in open virtualized radio access network (vRAN) technology, announced an expansion of their partnership that will integrate Ubicquia’s new Ubimetro™ streetlight-powered small cell for CBRS spectrum with Altiostar’s Open vRAN software. The Open vRAN-integrated Ubimetro small cell is compatible with more than 50 million existing streetlights across the US allowing municipalities, utilities, wireless internet service providers (WISPs) and mobile network operators (MNOs) to expedite service deployments with the industry’s lowest total cost of ownership (TCO).

“With the FCC allocating $4.9 billion to accelerate rural broadband, our new Altiostar vRAN-enabled CBRS Ubimetro small cell with fiber and DOCSIS backhaul will enable Wireless Internet Service Providers to leverage local fiber and cable infrastructure to close the digital divide,” said Ian Aaron, CEO of Ubicquia. “With more than 750 independent cable operators and 2,000 municipally owned utilities, our new Ubimetro CBRS small cell solves the site selection, power and transport issues that will facilitate local broadband partnerships that will connect the unconnected.”

“Ubicquia’s Ubimetro streetlight small cell is designed to expand Altiostar’s vRAN deployment scenarios in the US and around the globe for a broad variety of use cases,” said Thierry Maupilé, Executive Vice President of Strategy and Product Management at Altiostar. “Building these new networks on enterprise virtual machines, combined with Ubimetro’s ability to leverage more than 360 million streetlights globally provides our customers—from cities and campuses to utilities and operators—the fastest time to market with the lowest total cost of ownership as well as the ability to leverage advanced algorithms for interference mitigation and increased coordination with the macro network.”

Today’s news follows last week’s announcement by Ubicquia that its Ubimetro suite of small cell products will also offer Citizens Broadband Radio Services (CBRS) capabilities. The Ubimetro portfolio of small cells are designed to support the network of the future, including 4G/5G, millimeter-wave spectrum, CBRS, and now Altiostar’s Open vRAN. Ubimetro provides a network-agnostic architecture with integrated MIMO antennas, a wide range of radio frequency front ends, and Ethernet, fiber and DOCSIS backhaul options.

Ubimetro’s unique, patent-pending design makes the small cells compatible with the existing infrastructure of more than 360 million streetlights worldwide. Their design allows for ultra-fast, easy plug-in deployment and renders them invisible from the street, helping network operators, cities and utilities solve their site acquisition challenges. Ubimetro’s technology is field-proven with service providers in the U.S., Europe, and Latin America.

Ubicquia Expands Small Cell Offerings With Three New Ubimetro™ Products

BARCELONA, Spain: MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS - Ubicquia®, the global leader in simply smart, simply connected network and IoT platforms for smart cities, announced it has expanded its Ubimetro™ small cell offerings, adding three new products: Ubimetro-nema, Ubimetro-retro and Ubimetro-universal.

Ubimetro streetlight small cells are compatible with any streetlight fixture and install in a fraction of the time of traditional small cells. The three new Ubimetro products combine and innovative design with increased output power and capacity, and support universal deployment options. Ubimetro leverages existing streetlight infrastructure and makes dense small cell deployments literally invisible whether installed on top, underneath or integrated into the luminaire.

“Mobile users require seamless service with high availability and throughput, while networks need upgrades to cope with ever-increasing demand. Integrating a wider frequency spectrum to increase capacity requires dense deployment with small cells in high quantities. With persistent power, 50-meter spacing and close proximity to users, streetlights are the ultimate location,” explained Joerg Lehnich, general manager, radio access network (RAN) technology for Ubicquia. “Ubimetro small cells support multiple virtualized RAN architectures and enable various use cases—from coverage, densification and neutral hosts/private networks to fixed wireless access. With more than 360 million compatible streetlights worldwide, operators now have access to literally an unlimited number of sites.”

The three new products feature the same core components—e.g., an integrated baseband, radio, antennas and transport—with differing deployment options.

• Ubimetro-nema, the enhanced plug-in small cell, harnesses the power of the NEMA socket on more than 360 million streetlights. It has now been upgraded with a flexible mounting clamp.

• Ubimetro-retro integrates directly into the existing maintenance latch cover on a streetlight, instantly converting the light into a small cell.

• The fixture-agnostic Ubimetro-universal provides flexible mounting capabilities, enabling ease of upgrade for infrastructures without utilizing NEMA sockets.

The new Ubimetro series of small cells will be available to support 4G/5G technology including CBRS and millimeter-wave. Ubimetro provides a wide range of integrated fronthaul connectivity for rapid deployment including fiber, DOCSIS and wireless.

Ubimetro is in field tests with operators in the U.S., Europe and Latin America. Ubimetro-retro and Ubimetro-universal small cells will be commercially available in Q2 2019.


Melbourne, FL

Ian Aaron, CEO

The company offers municipalities, utilities, and broadband service providers a cost effective and expandable platform for deploying Smart City services. The plug and play network of Ubicquia has the ability to turn any street light into a multi-function router that supports a growing list of services that include advanced lighting controls, public WiFi, and the connection to 3rd party sensors including air quality monitors and surveillance cameras. Advanced light control, environmental monitoring, connectivity, internet of things, industrial internet of things, and security, telecommunications are the solutions provided by the company. The company leverage more than 360M compatible streetlights to deploy smart city, broadband and small cell services