More cities are looking for ways to use a growing network of connected sensors (cameras, street lights, etc.) to help reshape the urban experience and become “smart cities”. The goal is to become more vibrant, more efficient, more resilient to unplanned events—and overall, safer for residents, visitors and businesses.
According to BCC Research, the smart city market is set to hit $775 billion in 2021. “The downside is that there is a lot of economic pressure on cities that don't have the financial resources to add smart city technology,” said Michael Sullivan, BCC analyst and author of the report, Smart Cities: Growing New IT Markets.
Even facing financial pressure, how can large and small cities continue to enhance urban life and protect their evolving communities? How can cities take steps to becoming “smarter”? We believe the answer is through collaboration.
Building collaboration between city stakeholders
When city officials, police, businesses, community groups, and residents come together, they have the foundation for a successful smart city implementation. This is done by investing in technology that breaks down silos and facilitates information sharing between all stakeholders.
For instance, when a private business invests in an IP video surveillance system and then allows law enforcement to access video in case of emergencies, a couple things happen:
- A city is able to expand coverage with minimal financial investment
- Communities, businesses, and police officers are safer because law enforcement can see what’s happening and respond appropriately
- Law enforcement can save time collecting and sharing video evidence during an investigation