Smart City conversations are gaining traction across the globe as stakeholders continue to consider next steps and ideas. When planning for the future, it is helpful to look at the four pillars of workable, livable cities: connectivity, mobility, security, and sustainability. In doing so, we like to consider the 3 C's of Smart City planning - connectivity, commerce, and culture.
Each of the C's plays a vital role in planning and implementing smart solutions. We will discuss the 3 C's at the Smart Cincy Summit that will launch Regional Smart Cities Initiative efforts in April 2017. More details coming soon.
Smart Sister Cities sign-ups are now open for municipal leaders working to navigate smart cities and the Internet of Things - beyond city limits. Learn more about getting your local, county, state, or federal government or agency involved.
In 2018, the Department of Homeland Security will co-sponsor the Global City Teams Challenge. Central to the initiative is establishing proven smart cities practices and technology that can be replicated in cities around the world.
The House voted to speed the introduction of self-driving cars by giving the federal government authority to exempt automakers from safety standards not applicable to the technology, and to permit deployment of up to 100,000 of the vehicles annually over the next several years.
Data allows us to make optimized decisions that don’t rely on gut feelings or assumptions but instead on real-results and actionable insights. Smart Cities will have HUGE data requirements. With that in mind, we must correct the course of big data planning to avoid death by data overload and silos of data sets. Thematically, we must consider:
Smart Cities, connected campuses, and advanced facilities are all leveraging advanced technology and IoT to create better experiences and optimize efficiencies. We are working together to open source agile, secure, interoperable technology standards and a supportive planning framework for municipal leaders. Interested in learning more or getting involved? Join us!
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.
We are excited to host leadership from Mastercard's Center for Inclusive Growth at The Smart Regions Conference this Fall. If you're not familiar, Mastercard is creating new and exciting ways to connect NGO's, academia, businesses, and government - which is why they're such a great Venture Smarter partner!
smartLINK and Telensa are partnering up in regions throughout the United States to streamline smart city solutions and the integration of the internet of things into our municipal infrastructure.
“Panasonic is one of the iconic brands of the digital era. Combining their nearly hundred year history with our team’s creativity and design capabilities will create remarkable opportunities for innovation,” TransitScreen CEO Matt Caywood said in a statement. “With Panasonic as our hardware, solutions, and integration partner, we will have the chance to bring our human-centric technologies to a national scale.”
Venture Smarter shares Bloomberg’s view that cities will determine the direction of the United States. That’s why Venture Smarter is committed to the philosophy of smart cities and the mission of democratizing smart city planning. Building a smart city is a team effort, but effective leadership is a critical component to any smart city success story.