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Smart Cities Leading the Way

Smart Cities is quickly becoming the new “catch phrase” for implementing technology in U.S. cities. It can be overused and misunderstood, but fortunately, states like Colorado have a firm grasp on their vision. Last week, the Colorado Technology Association hosted the Colorado Smart Cities Symposium held in Denver. Cloudbakers attended along with government administrators, while we dove into the Symposium’s four main tracks:

  1. Technology
  2. Infrastructure
  3. Human Centric Design
  4. Mobility

Smart Cities is a term that is catching on and means different things to everyone. In Colorado, the state and in particular, Denver and local cities, are leading the way on these tracks. Environmental Impact of Smart City Technology is top of mind for everyone.

Technology
There is no excuse for not implementing successful technology solutions in your city. From Smart Poles to IoT to electro mobility (e-Mobility), the price of technology has come down to eliminate that barrier and allow cities to collect significant data that helps government provide better services to its citizens.

Infrastructure
Infrastructure design is a top priority of Smart Cities. Today, 54% of the world's population lives in cities and by 2050 it will be 70%. By using Smart Poles to collect traffic data and manage traffic control, Smart cities can eliminate costs to taxpayers by selling that Pole infrastructure to companies that want that specific type of data. Funding from solutions such as this can then go towards fixing roads that are needed for scooters and other bike lanes, which in turn relieves traffic congestion in today’s cities. Investing in technology, even from an infrastructure perspective will provide citizens with a more convenient way of life.

Human Centric Design
The goal of Smart Cities is to improve the quality of life for their citizens. The digital divide continues to be a problem for many citizens while most services today are moving on-line. For example, how can you take advantage of scooters without a phone and data plan? How can cities provide access to the internet for all? Security is also top of mind for all city administrators, while they continue to protect the privacy of their citizens.

Mobility
Denver has been a proponent for their e-scooters and alternative transit. However, where should people ride their scooters? On the sidewalks? The street? Bike lanes? All these were discussed and new regulations are being put in place to manage the system and keep people safe.

So much of today’s world exists around technology. These four tracks should be on every city’s strategic plan as they are looking to build a truly smart city.

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Originally published on August 29, 2019

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