Top 10 Smart City Trends for 2018

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Did you know that Smart Cities are poised to drive significant change in how we work, play and learn in 2018? Thanks to the explosion in big data analytics capabilities and mobile, real-time video/information sharing, historians may someday look back on this year as the fulcrum upon which technology and government fully meshed to turn their communities in a more vibrant direction.

So it’s critical that those who lead our state and local governments at every level, not just ICT, understand and integrate these technology shifts proactively. From city operations and public safety to transportation and utilities, it’s time for your community to start turning aggressively towards big data analytics and real-time video/information sharing solutions as the core of your Smart City initiative. You can start by focusing on the following trends that are emerging for 2018:

  • Introduction of city-wide digital platforms that can gather, aggregate, and analyse data from a variety of sources, resulting in cities that are smarter and more resiliant.
  • Development of connected intersections as test beds and launching points for Smart City initiatives.
  • Use of computing at the edge to process data at the source for faster and more accurate impacts.
  • Merging of GIS, big data, and analytics to create real-time “living maps” to model community behaviour.
  • Public safety vehicles as digital hubs to scale mission fabric in real time (via ruggedised routers), allowing government to respond faster and more accurately to emergencies and natural disasters.
  • Growth in connected vehicle capabilities, especially real-time data sharing with government. Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V) communications.
  • Greater real-time citizen interaction with government through personal wireless devices. This will be driven by an enhanced user experience as a result of new government-citizen collaborative tools, including real-time video, data sharing and base-level AI.
  • Linking autonomous vehicles with government sensors/networks to gather critical data, rather than relying so strongly on onboard sensors.
  • Increased focus on human-centric technologies via app development by government. This will greatly enhance transparency of government-gathered data, leading to more trust in local government.
  • Adoption of smart city requirements into municipal codes. From the number of trees and shrubs to square footage of glass fronting streets, communities already require certain minimums for new construction. As WiFi continues to grow in recognition as a necessary utility, minimums for bandwidth, access, security, and linkage into a larger city-wide fabric will become standard code.

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