I want to change the world, one city at a time. How?
My vision goes like this: Combine existing data with new
technologies to gain real-time visibility into buildings, infrastructure,
businesses, and citizens. Leverage this new visibility to work more efficiently.
This, in turn, frees up resources, grows economies—and most importantly—makes
your community a better place for people to live.
The way to achieve real-time visibility—the holy
grail for cities—is through dynamic city platforms. These flexible data
and application management solutions are the only way to ensure good data—data that
changes as cities, businesses, and people change. And good data is the key to
Ready to get started? Follow these steps to develop your dynamic
Choose your priorities from these
and water, transportation,
Focus on rapid-ROI solutions to minimize
the financial risks of building Smart City platforms. Sponsorship from the
mayoral, city manager, or provincial levels reduce risk further by preventing
individual government silos from acting independently. It also ensures that for
each proposed government action the impact on the plan is assessed.
for the quick win.
City dashboards, which display key
performance indicators (KPIs) so you can track your progress, are a relatively
low-cost place to start. They provide immediate transparency across the city
and may deliver alerts when pre-established thresholds are reached. Start with standard
KPIs supported by one of these organizations, and then modify them to meet your
Choose data-driven solutions that provide
immediate value and address topics such as:
- Tax compliance
- Energy and water conservation
- Demand-side energy
- Social analysis
- And more
Develop one solution at a time to create
your dynamic city platforms—as well as intelligent data management
platforms that extend easily across multiple functional areas, rolling up into enterprise
city models. These models combine with Big Data to provide the cornerstone of a
connected, Smart City.
The city dashboard plays a large role
in helping govern performance, but it’s not enough. Cities must also ask: Who’s
responsible for the program’s success? How will we address change? How will
feedback be received? What organizational structure will work best? What’s the
budget? All of this should be built into a governance plan—an often overlooked
but essential step.
Now that you
know about the holy grail, the next step is up to you. Meet with internal teams
and trusted partners. Be aggressive, innovate, and push to create Smart City
unparalleled visibility—like the City
of Barcelona did. Take advantage of programs like Microsoft’s CityNext.
And get started. Creating a Smart City takes time. Commit right now to starting
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