The Future of Smart Cities has arrived in Farmers Branch, Texas

KitstiKTM pilot in Farmers Branch, TX

The Future of Smart Cities has arrived...

In the shadow of nearby Dallas, the City of Farmers Branch, Texas is staking a claim for progressive, forward-thinking solutions that will deliver for its citizens now and in the future. 

Mayor Robert C. Dye is leading the way with a small cell/ smart city pilot, featuring the KitstiK™ from nepsa solutions, the only beautifully designed, truly self-contained, dual-carrier small cell light pole with integrated smart city applications.

On May 5th, 2018, Farmers Branch, Texas in conjunction with team members from nepsa solutions, AT&T, Ericsson and Current, powered by GE, became the first city to pilot a futuristic-looking smart pole, the KitstiK™. 

The KitstiK™ pilot consists of two installations at The Grove @ Mustang Crossing where the Twilight Hours Farmers Market is held weekly from Spring until Fall.

David Wigdahl and Mayor Robert Dye in Farmers Branch, TX

David Wigdahl and Mayor Robert Dye

“We’re a small city of around 28,000 and while we have different challenges than our much larger neighbor, Dallas, we’re still part of the greater DFW community,” said Mayor Dye. “Technology solutions that work in large cities should be scalable to meet the needs of every community.”

“We began with the idea of exploring how small cells might improve our community’s Internet connectivity,” Dye said, “but after attending a Smart Cities conference in Austin, Texas we learned what we could accomplish installing small cells combined with smart city technology.” 

“With this pilot,” said Dye, “the nepsa team is helping Farmers Branch become one of the first cities in North Texas to make a giant leap toward our becoming a progressive, forward-thinking city of the future.”

Small cells help to increase voice and data capacity in places where large groups of people gather, such as stadiums, universities and parks.

“Everything is moving so fast, too often there’s not much thought given to site selection or aesthetics,” said Wigdahl. “A poorly designed small cell can end up being boxes, cables and antennas of all shapes and sizes, stuck on poles, creating a community eyesore.”

“Like it or not, we need small cells and they’re coming to our communities,” said David Wigdahl, President of nepsa solutions. “Mobile data usage is just exploding and we expect more than 7 million small cells will need to be installed nationwide in the next eighteen months.”

AT&T Smart Cities Digital Infrastructure with Current, powered by GE’s CityIQ™ provides energy & data solutions that can make a city a more vibrant place to work, live and play, helping to improve quality of life issues like traffic congestion and public safety.

This pilot program is expected to run from May through September and includes:

  1. Small cell technology for AT&T featuring Ericsson radios
  2. Smart, more efficient LED lighting from GE
  3. Live video feed for safety and traffic analysis
  4. Measurement of near real-time speed, count, direction of travel, number of lanes provided
  5. Parking view API in connection with live video
The KitstiK™ installations at The Grove @ Mustang Crossing, Farmers Branch, TX
The information plaque installed adjacent to the KitstiK™ 18t