Public Sector: Smart Cities

Helping Design and Implement Smart Cities

Smart governments are rapidly building technologies into infrastructure to make their cities more interactive, safe, livable, and sustainable — to make them smart cities. From intelligent and clean energy storage and distribution systems to widely integrated Internet of things (IoT) capabilities, building a modern smart city spurs development from the ground up and creates untold market opportunities in diverse applications.

Throughout a smart city, solar panels and energy-sipping LED streetlights connect to a smart grid: a self-aware power network that monitors all energy sources, usage, and fluctuations, and that reacts automatically. Power outages in one part of the city don’t affect power in others. Hospitals and critical services tap locally-stored solar power as needed. Streetlights, that also house Wi-Fi hot spots and emergency broadcast systems, automatically dim in off-peak hours.

In a smart city, IoT technologies are everywhere. Sensors monitor and communicate activities, traffic, and microclimates. Infrastructure such as waste receptacles indicate the need for emptying, and public facilities signal when consumables need restocking. Drones identify temporary hazards — autos track available parking spots — pipes alert plumbers to leakages — all these capabilities are current realities, thanks in no small part to the efforts of electronics manufacturing services (EMS) companies such as Jabil.

Jabil Capabilities

Jabil is a large, well-diversified EMS provider with experience across a wide array of technologies. We’ve designed, manufactured, and managed supply chains for components and products as diverse as smart meters, electric vehicle charging stations, solar-energy storage, smart-grid elements, communication network hardware, LED lighting products, traffic cameras, and countless IoT devices.

Furthermore, we understand how diverse technologies come together as systems and how value engineering optimizes system designs. Cost-effective, robust supply chains, teams of engineers with deep capabilities, and a global capability to scale production is essential as more smart cities come online.

With operations in over 90 sites in 23 countries, we build vertically-integrated solutions on a foundation of:

  • Product strategy and conceptualization — research, branding, user experience, and industrial design
  • Design engineering — product design and engineering
  • Materials technology — molding and tooling, visual and complex mechanics
  • Process innovation — advanced manufacturing, assembly, test processes
  • Automation — high-efficiency, complex, and high-tolerance process robotics
  • Design verification and test development — production test development, meticulous failure analysis, and reliability testing

And, Jabil test platforms optimize final assembly, test, and pack (FATP) processes from firmware programming and board test through customization, labeling, and packaging.

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