How You Can Get Involved in Smart City Opportunities

Rachel EckertWritten by | Edge & IoT, Featured

Smart cities are still in their relative infancy in the United States, but the momentum is clearly growing. In fact, according to IDC, by 2022, spending is estimated to hit $26 billion in the U.S. alone. Atlanta, Boston, Denver and Richmond are setting themselves apart in expanding their smart city initiatives. Here are some highlights of what they are achieving.

In Atlanta, it’s all about improving city efficiency, service delivery and transparency through better use of data. They are using data-centric models to leverage descriptive, diagnostic, predictive and prescriptive analytics to tackle several issues. Improving transportation congestion and optimizing trash collections are just two areas where data analytics is being utilized.

Improving the transportation landscape is a key focus area for Boston. By 2030, they want to ensure that every home in Boston is within a 10-minute walk of a transportation hub or stop with the goal of decreasing the average commute time by 10 percent. As they collect data directly from constituents, they are using analytics to make strategic and actionable recommendations for improvements.

Through the Colorado Smart Cities Alliance, Denver’s Department of Public Works aims to use data intelligence to combat issues associated with congestion, aging public infrastructure and environmental problems. DPW is collaborating with delivery and freight companies to install communication devices in their vehicles, so they can better route trucks to improve traffic flow and prioritize the speed of delivery.

Richmond is taking a “shared services” approach and involving multiple stakeholders to improve efficiencies. In one example, the Greater Richmond Transit Company is providing ADA riders with an app that matches them up with a vehicle and driver that can accommodate their special needs.

How to Approach Decision Makers
A lot of technology goes into the development of a smart city; but how do technology solution providers become engaged in the right projects and with the right players? Here are three things to keep in mind as you approach decision makers in those cities.

  • Align your solutions to each city’s goals
  • Tie your technology to the delivery of citizen services
  • Develop strategic partnerships

It’s important to remember that a smart city’s goal is to improve service delivery – be that faster, better or less expensively. Don’t get too wrapped up in the technology. Focus on what they want to accomplish!

Learn More
If you’d like to get more detail on other initiatives in these smart cities, read the original blogs published in immixGroup’s Government Sales Insider.

Last modified: May 14, 2019