This white paper on the benefits of broadband from the Communications Workers of America makes the point that high-speed Internet access has become vital to the success of individuals and communities. It suggests governmental action—in partnership with the private sector—is essential to stimulate broadband investment.
In 2013, Smart Cities Council member ABB and Silicon Valley Power (SVP) opened a multi-use communications network that provides free public outdoor Wi-Fi access through the city of Santa Clara. City leaders contemplating a similar move will want to read about SVP's experience.
Over the past decade, Amsterdam developed a vision for collaborating, envisioning, developing and testing numerous connected solutions that could pave the way to a smarter, greener urban environment. Its vision evolved into a Cisco Smart+Connected Communities broadband initiative. This case study provides an overview with insights leaders in other cities will find useful.
Hayward, California needed an city network capable of scaling the services and applications to more effectively support staff and the public. At the same time, it needed a streamlined solution to reduce complexity and cost, enabling the city to focus resources on other critical projects. City leaders and IT professionals may want to review Hayward's decision to ensure a robust, more compact network architecture using a Cisco solution.
City leaders interested in a framework for advancing digital technology can get some insights from the Digital Masterplan for Dublin provides a guide for the city in terms of adaption, creation and adoption of digital technologies and processes. Dublin leaders believe it will lead to more efficient overall management of the city, its resources and everyday activities.
Jochen Kreusel is an exemplary German technology expert who leads a cross-divisional effort for Zurich-based ABB to connect directly to the rapidly evolving smart grid and smart city markets. Click for his thoughtful observations on what he calls the "challenge and chance" for cities today.
City leaders in the town of Hudson, Ohio have had a long commitment to GIS mapping technology. But eventually the web-based GIS solution it had launched back in 2003 became labor-intensive to maintain. Other city officials may find the upgrade solution it settled on of interest; this case study provides the details.
When the UK Government mandated a greater focus on customers ‒ as well as budget cuts and an increased emphasis on regionally shared services ‒ it was a challenge for the London Bureau of Brent, which serves approximately 270,000 residents in northwest London. City leaders facing similar challenges will be interested in how the borough solved its data management headache.
As Jacksonville, N.C. city workers became more and more dependent on the city's ITS department, Jacksonville’s IT director decided it was time to refresh the department’s infrastructure to help ensure that operations and employee support remained fully functional at all times. City leaders and staff will want to read how desktop virtualization resulted in multiple benefits.