Smart governments build smart cities

Digital transformation is no longer for the corporate sector only. Government entities across the globe are moving increasingly towards the development and enablement of connected and digitally collaborative cities.

The growing toolkit of AI—computer vision, natural conversation, and machines that learn over time—has the potential to enhance every facet of government, from healthcare, to education, to defense. For a long time, many government organisations struggled to understand what place AI might have. But today, almost 90 percent consider these technologies to be of extreme strategic importance.

In 2016, spending on smart city technology reached $80 billion and by 2021 is expected to grow to $135 billion. With 60% of the population expected to live in cities by 2050, making cities more sustainable and efficient is critical to enabling best quality of life.

Internet of Things (IoT) sensors, big data and
artificial intelligence platforms are converging to connect components across cities to derive data and improve the lives of citizens and visitors.

With applications in:

  • Tourism
  • Parking and traffic management
  • Waste management
  • Water management
  • City lighting
There is virtually no limit to the enhacements a digitally enabled and forward thinking government entitiy can make to it's citizens lives.

FACT: By 2050, more than 60% of the world's population is expected to live in cities. Making cities more sustainable and efficient with streamlined services is critical to enabling best quality of life.

What is a smart city?

A Smart city is an urban area that uses IoT sensors to collect data, in order to manage assets and resources as efficiently as possible. This can include data collected from citizens, devices, and assets. Once processed and analyzed (typically by artificially intelligent platforms) this data can be used to manage traffic and transport systems, energy use and distribution systems, water supply networks, crime detection, schools, libraries, hospitals, and other community services.

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How can governments enable digital transformation and create a smart city?

As always, the answer lies in the ability to innovate, the desire to change and the appetite for transformation.

At VROC, one of our specialities is helping government entities upgrade their systems and assets to be digitally enabled, easily tracked and easily managed. 

To find out more about how you can digitally transform your city, get in touch with our team today.