Cities Need a Smart Strategy and a Strong Platform
Many cities are taking advantage of breakthrough technology to improve municipal services and community relationships. Sensors in streetlights and connected devices can streamline operations, improve infrastructure and increase the safety and security of citizens. However, all these technologies also generate data the city needs to harvest and put to use. Smart cities need a strategy and a strong platform that can bring all these systems and data together.
There is more to connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices than automatically turning on street lamps at dusk and turning them off at dawn. As noted in “5 Key Themes to Consider When Implementing Internet of Things Initiatives,” posted by Stephen Goldsmith on GovTech.com, the data captured from IoT devices can improve operations and community services. However, without a strategic plan and a platform, capturing key data and putting it to good use can be elusive. In the article, Goldsmith offers 5 tips for optimizing IoT initiatives, a few of which are highlighted below:
- Have a strategy: Data collected from different IoT devices or municipal services is often managed by different departments and becomes segregated in different software programs. Difficult to access, valuable data gets buried and remains unused. Bring the data together by developing a data management strategy that defines how data is collected, stored and shared.
- Work with the locals: Partner with local research groups, nonprofits, corporations or schools to strengthen IoT efforts through funding and analysis support. As sensors collect data, share it in an open portal. You may find new ways to use data and further improve community services.
- Turn data into actionable insight: Data is only useful when it’s being used. Capture, analyze and use the data that is being generated in IoT devices, as well as other municipal operations, to make prudent decisions in the interest of the citizens and the community.
Use ERP Data to Improve Municipal Services
Government offices at all levels can use an integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution to streamline data management between departments and with citizens. You can manage core operations including financial processes, grants, procurement activities, budgets and other operations within this single solution. Business intelligence and reporting features make it easier to visualize trends within data that can then be used to control spending, reduce waste and improve municipal services. Contact AKA Enterprise Solutions to learn more about using ERP as a platform for capturing data and using it to improve municipal services and community relationships.