Today, we approach a technology and communications cliff driven by a perfect storm of disruptive change. Accompanying the emerging Internet of Things are sensors, cameras, control panels and smart appliances. Smart Home initiatives accompanied by Smart Community initiatives now enable near instantaneous monitoring, diagnosis and response to issues and incidents. Businesses are already internet based and reliant on its connections to a global infrastructure hosted remotely, globally in the nebulous cloud. High Definition content will soon transition from the current competitive capability of real-time access to delivering three-dimensional, immersive environments managed by Artificial Intelligence systems and mechanisms. However, most importantly, the delivery of significantly increased amounts of data to each of us will require Gigabytes in bandwidth unavailable to most areas, with the statewide and local infrastructure to deliver this capability yet to be built.
It’s really simple, but for many reasons, difficult to do… Smart City development requires two things:
1) The infrastructure necessary to transform municipalities ability to provide residents unrestricted online connectivity to the virtual world, and
2) Community leaders ready to adopt continuous innovation of city management and citizen services as the new normal and seek use of new technologies for public safety, wellness, environment, transportation, and other amenities.
What will your community look like? Are your community’s leaders planning for this very near future reality, today?