Originally published April 12, 2018
Cities are becoming smarter by producing greater public-sector efficiencies through sensors, IoT, LTE connectivity, and data analysis. The change of culture and technology is causing towns, cities, counties, and even entire states, to adapt to technologies that help lower costs, increase productivity, and improve citizens’ quality of life.
Smart City applications allow people of all ages to interact and communicate with the data that is generated from the variety of network connections. Older generations have high expectations for civil services, while younger generations rely on intuitive technology. Smart City applications can address both of these needs, improving public sector productivity and quality, while also providing citizens with convenience and increased opportunities.
Driving Economic Development
Smart Cities are also driving economic development by upgrading city network infrastructures and using sensors and data analytics to improve tourism and marketing. More and more digital information is being collected and stored in the cloud, and that data can be accessed to create tourism opportunities such as wayfinding or alerting them about places to visit.