Smart and Connected Development Goals #SCDG

Written By: Zack Huhn, Venture Smarter CEO
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Zack Huhn Announces Smart City Development Goals at Smart Regions Conference

Zack Huhn Announces Smart City Development Goals at Smart Regions Conference

By using smart and connected technologies, we can more efficiently and effectively reach identified community and regional goals, and by doing so, can give even our most at need residents and regions the tools they need to succeed in short time. 100% Connected, 100% Mobile is a strong foundation to begin chipping away at the challenges faced in our rural, suburban, and urban cores. For cities and nations dedicated to the UN SDG's, the foundation is especially appealing as a means by which to shorten project timeframes and enhance outcomes.

DISCOVER: United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

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For Cities, we might call them "Smart City Development Goals," but the foundational principals remain the same:

100% Connected

- people, places, things, and information

Interoperable, equitable access to basic connectivity and literacy is where we start. We must connect our people, places, things, and information. This means deploying a foundational layer of connectivity via hard and soft infrastructure projects to enable broadband, WiFi, cellular, and IoT networks. These networks will enable sensors to get to work to improve and optimize our systems and infrastructure. They will allow residents the ability to learn, work, communicate, and connect with opportunities. They will allow public and emergency services to improve their performance. Every action should be captured and analyzed to get predictive about future planning. For that, sensors and data should be tied to centralized exchanges and platforms and residents, businesses, and government agencies should be able to contribute to and access open data streams and insights. At its simplest, we need to defeat the digital divide. In doing so, we can position our neighborhoods and regions for success. After all, connectivity is the foundational layer upon which smart city solutions will scale.

Connectivity is the foundational layer upon which smart city solutions will scale...

100% Mobile

- people, goods, utilities

Setting Smart and Connected Development Goals will look a little bit different as you go place to place and region to region. Some smart cities will have driverless cars, others will have no cars at all; but all cities will have 100% connected and 100% mobile citizens that enjoy equitable access to public transit if we can successfully deploy a foundational layer of connectivity to better connect our people, places, things, and information. This building block of success will provide equitable access to jobs, education, healthcare, and opportunities. By sparking social mobility we will improve our neighborhoods and drive economic development locally and regionally. Baseline mobility is rooted in more efficiently and effectively moving our people, goods, and utilities. Eventually, we will begin to truly automate transportation, and in doing so, double our quality of life. For that to happen, connected infrastructure and things will be required.

The UN SDG's are a good model, but no easy feat. By focusing on smart and connected development first, we will streamline efforts related to each of the United Nations Sustainable Development goal as we build smart cities and connected communities rooted in solutions that create better places to live, work, and visit. 

Interested in setting Smart and Connected Development Goals in your region? Get in touch! (e) hello@venturesmarter.com.