What I am illustrating is that a human and their experiences are at the core of any ‘Smart City’ strategy and planning. For this reason, our team at 24 Digital often reference ‘future citizenship’ before ‘Smart City’.
We are working with cities and councils across Australia who are leading by example when it comes to innovation. They are actively deploying impactful digital ideas and initiatives, mostly using IOT (Internet of Things) and other ‘smart’ meters or devices, which means they are now capturing valuable data. But we have found that teams are unclear on what do to do with this data, how to make it meaningful and how to act.
Making data meaningful
This is the next challenge, or opportunity, for cities. By making sense of this data and capturing meaningful insights, they can start to future-proof their cities. It’s essential to bring science to the original idea to help build a framework for decision making…no more guessing or assumptions. These are facts and they have value, making it easier for cities and councils to align internally and change the DNA from the industrial age into the digital age.
Cities will start to benefit from both creating amazing experiences and leveraging the economics of running an intelligent city (growth, cost-cutting, smarter investment).