The Evolution of the Smart City Initiative
A smart city offers many benefits such as improved infrastructure and streamlined traffic, clean water management, trash control and added safety and security for citizens. The lure of such improvements tempt city managers to deploy sweeping overhauls with large-scale changes. However, after the recession, municipalities were left with limited budgets and many initiatives were put on hold or scaled back. Even today, smart programs are being deployed on a much smaller, more strategic scale.
The definition of a smart city is changing. As suggested in “A New Smart City Model Is Emerging,” posted by Adam Stone on GovTech.com, there was a time when a variety of sensors, meters, and data technology offered a radical way to improve the urban landscape. A growing interest in the internet of things (IoT) and other connected initiatives put the pressure on city managers to deploy modern technology and make big changes to parking, highway traffic, water management and other municipal services. However, after the recession, many cities had to scale back. Other roadblocks included competing priorities by departments in addition to the silos created by disparate systems. Instead of thinking big, cities are starting to think smart, specifically offering better management and citizen services.
Improve Public Services with Modern Technology
A successful IoT or smart city project must have a strong infrastructure to connect sensors with a platform that also connects data with your people. Then, it’s what you do with that data that can make the biggest difference. Municipalities can deploy a robust enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution to streamline the capture, analysis and use of key data. Armed with theses insights, cities can take a strategic approach toward determining which initiatives to pursue for an ideal return on investment (ROI). Cities can identify high-traffic areas, for example, and use data to improve traffic management, as well as pedestrian and bicycle paths. Data-driven decisions can also reduce wasteful services and spending, while improving public safety and interactions with citizens. Monitoring data and using the business intelligence features within an ERP solution highlights the data needed to continuously improve municipal operations.
A smart city starts with smart technology. Contact AKA Enterprise Solutions for more information about using ERP to streamline data management, improve collaboration between departments, and use information to make your municipality a better place for your citizens, visitors and workers.