Implementing smart city solutions have a significant impact on our society, economy, and of course the broader environment. For example, smart waste can reduce operating costs, and public Wi-Fi enables citizens to stay connected and has a positive impact on tourism, both of which contribute to the overall efficiency of a local government area. But who is responsible for making these important decisions?
Citizens contribute great ideas around what they would like to see in their cities. This collaboration between government and residents often enables a more streamlined adoption of new projects and initiatives and helps to form a solid connection between the city and its people. However, city councils play the most important role in successful smart cities, which complements their mission to make our local regions more liveable and sustainable. There are a range of stakeholders involved in these sorts of projects from a council’s perspective, from innovation and procurement teams to business improvement officers, and in some cases even economic development staff.
This introduces a challenge because the business needs of an organisation are agreed upon at the highest levels, and technical knowledge is often not the specialisation of the staff responsible for making decisions regarding smart cities. To assist with this challenge, we have built a toolkit to help our customers understand their business problems and how technology may be used to address them. It also enables you to capture any requirements and potential constraints.
Having a structured approach enables councils to run a clear procurement process and to deliver a solution that is best aligned with the business needs. If you’d like to request a copy of our toolkit, or if you have any other questions relating to implementing smart solutions, reach out to us at here.