Smart cities are pretty new, but they’re already changing and evolving.
The first smart city initiatives were typical one or a just a few specific initiatives. For example, some police departments have begun using cameras on officers and police cars. But whether they were single-focus smart city efforts, or broader initiatives, they tended to be driven by the top people in politics and agency administration.
Later on, some cities came to the conclusion that perhaps the needs and opinions of their citizens should be taken into consideration. So cities, like Dallas, worked to leverage the internet of things to improve citizen services and city operations.
Today, smart city phase three is taking citizen input to a whole new level.
Cities are now leveraging the internet of everything to enable citizens to provide real-time feedback. New initiatives are enabling these people to use their cameras, smartphones, and wearables to share their input on sensor interaction experiences with city development teams.
That way, the development teams can have a better idea of how their projects, sensors, and applications are working. And they can use that information to make improvements to enable better and faster decision making, and to improve visibility.
The arrival of 5G networks, edge computing architectures, and ultra-low latency connectivity will also help support this feedback loop.
Speaking of smart cities, earlier this year the Smart Cities Council named Birmingham, AL; Cary, NC; Las Vegas, NV; Louisville/Jefferson County, KY; and the Commonwealth of Virginia as winners of the 2018 Readiness Challenge Grants. Jesse Berst, chairman of the Smart Cities Council, said the five winners had the following three things in common.
They had been successful at uncovering synergies and cost efficiencies between departments. They were fostering coordinated collaboration between internal departments, external stakeholders, and nearby regions. And they exhibited determination to include underserved and vulnerable populations.
Edited by Maurice Nagle