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Charting the Path to Smart Cities
Published on 05/30/2017 | Technology
Cities and their governing organizations are focused on building an advantage in the growing competition for business investment, attraction of skilled workers, and efficient resource management. Many municipalities are looking to smart city initiatives, built on sophisticated communications networks, to provide an edge, enabling compelling new services that both improve community quality and enable new efficiencies. Municipal utilities have the opportunity to play a leading role in helping the community deploy successful smart city initiatives.
An assessment of smart city initiatives around the globe reveals differing regional agendas as well as many common denominators. Operationally, cities rely on a set of core systems related to business, transport, communication, water, energy and the community. A smart city implies connection and coordination among these systems to optimize sustainable economic growth, improve quality of life, and use resources more efficiently.
To succeed, smart city initiatives demand collaboration among city government, utilities, and the community at large. Municipal utilities have the unique opportunity to leverage near-term success with smart grid initiatives as the foundation for longer-term, broader ambitions. In specific, four areas of opportunity provide a clear path for municipal utilities to rapidly lead the way in building competitive advantage.
You can read and download the full report on Silver Spring Networks here.