IDG Contributor Network: Why a smart city is an asset to the citizen and the city itself
In some ways, the phrase “smart city” has lost its meaning, likely because of all the buzz around it. And quite frankly, the majority of cities we work with are already “smart” with universities, cultural attractions and businesses doing innovative work.
But the conversation has to be about connecting it all together.
Think of a puzzle piece. A puzzle piece by itself is useless, but when it’s joined with the other pieces, now you see the whole picture. What I mean here is that the data exists across a city – innovative work exists across a city – city officials just need to put it together to see the whole picture.
The need for city officials to be able to analyze real-time data has never been greater – for greater public safety and city efficiency. By investing in the right technology and connecting the right data, the phrase “smart city” will regain its meaning. Let’s take a look at how a city can become smarter, and why doing that is so important.