Smarter solutions thrive beyond city limits [via Smart Regions Blog]

 Ahead of the 2017 Smart Regions Conference Rhonda Binda was named Excecutive Director of the Regional Smart Cities Initiative in the United States.

Ahead of the 2017 Smart Regions Conference Rhonda Binda was named Excecutive Director of the Regional Smart Cities Initiative in the United States.

Written By:
Zack Huhn
Founder, Venture Smarter
Chair, IEEE Smart Cities Standards Committee (P2784)

The smartest solutions thrive beyond city limits. Smart Regions enable smaller communities to implement smart city solutions, and focus on outcomes that put people first in our rural and suburban areas as well as our urban cores. They use technology to optimize or altogether replace failing systems and infrastructure, and in doing so alleviate otherwise strained municipal budgets.

To begin building smart and connected regions, Venture Smarter launched Regional Smart Cities Initiatives as a nonprofit effort to work with Metropolitan Planning Organizations and Councils of Governments as well as elected and public officials in local, county, state, and federal government agencies to cut the chaos out of smart technology and infrastructure planning. We simultaneously launched the working group for IEEE-SA P2784, ‘The Guide to the Technology and Planning Process to Build A Smart City.’

THE NEEDS:

  • Technology and Planning Process Standards

  • Project financing and budget allocations for smart tech

  • Remove Procurement and Policy Barriers

  • Interdisciplinary, complex relationships must be supported

  • Community and stakeholder groups must be engaged

THE OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Deploy interoperable solutions city to city, state to state, region to region

  • Save dollars, mitigate risk, speed up project timelines

  • Create innovative P3 collaboration opportunities

  • Institutionalize long-term collaborations and visions

  • Create cities and regions reflective of citizen wants and needs

Smart Regions are built on top of a foundation of interoperable, accessible connectivity, upon which applications (solutions) can be deployed across sectors, agencies, and municipal boundaries to create better places to live, work, and visit. Agencies must look at prioritizing smart and connected technologies and policies while considering infrastructure projects, educating and aligning elected and public officials around available resources, and using data and analytics to better understand addressable opportunity areas and community needs.

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