The business case for smart cities
Smart City solutions should always do at least one of these three things: cut costs, create value, and/or generate revenue. In doing so, Smart City solutions will help alleviate strained municipal budgets while integrating advanced technology and the Internet of Things into our systems and infrastructure. These solutions will create open and transparent government, informed and engaged citizens, optimized public transit and public works solutions, healthier living environments, and equitable opportunities for residents regardless of socioeconomic or geographical barriers.
Cutting out the buzzwords and focusing on the bottom line. Here are five bullet points making the business case for smart cities.
1. Cut costs
2. Create value
3. Generate revenue
4. Increase social mobility
5. Drive economic development
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At the 2018 Smart Regions Congress, Andre Hentz spoke about the commitment to smart city planning the US Department of Homeland of Security has to support local governments and innovators.
In the United States we face crumbling infrastructure problems, yet continue to rebuild outdated and inefficient systems. It's time we think differently about infrastructure. States from Ohio and Colorado to Virginia and Nevada are well on their way.
Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke and Congressman Darrell Issa invite you to the launch of The Congressional Smart Cities Caucus on March 14th, 2018. The Congressional Caucus on Smart Cities will serve as an informal group of Members dedicated to issues related to the transformation of our communities to smart cities, how it will bring about innovation and technological change, and the role that Congress can play in this transformation.
Venture Smarter's VP of Policy, Rhonda Binda, has been shortlisted for the 2018 Smart Cities People's Choice Award and needs your vote! The award is part of the IoT World Series and the winner will be announced at the Smart to Future Cities Summit on Wednesday, April 25th in London. Among 6 others shortlisted, Rhonda is the only representative from the United States!
View or download the published NIST GCTC Blueprints for transportation, public safety, city data platform, utilities (energy, water, waste management,) and wireless/public WiFi. New blueprints will be added soon. Venture Smarter is happy to support several of the superclusters in 2018 in line with our mission of democratizing smart city planning. Participants of the 2018 Smart Infrastructure Challenge are encouraged to review the blueprints to support response and project plans.
The Congressional Smart Cities Caucus provides a place where Members of Congress can convene with stakeholders from all different backgrounds, including but not limited to: industry stakeholders, state and local governments, and local community leaders. Join me exploring ways we can bridge the technological divide between urban and rural American communities by expanding smart infrastructure nationwide.
Here is a list of 'Smart Cities' events that we will be watching, hosting, and/or participating in this February...
RSCI has announced speakers and forum leaders for the Smart Regions Congress event in Washington DC on February 15th. The interdisciplinary group of leaders will explore and discuss the challenges and successes that arise when building smart regions that put people first.