This article was originally published on DigSouth.com.
This is the latest contributor post from Tom Snyder, Executive Director of RIoT, a Raleigh, North Carolina-based network of technologists, engineers, business leaders, academics, policy makers, and entrepreneurs focused on growing Internet of Things opportunities regionally and nationally.
Cities everywhere are striving to become “Smart” as they push for data-driven government and solutions that improve quality of life for their citizens. The breadth of challenge in front of our cities and communities is massive, ranging from traffic management to public health; from citizen safety to efficient utilities; environmental protection to economic growth.
You need only look as far as the events in Houston last month to understand the criticality of having stormwater sensor data to inform and keep citizens safe. When that data ties into additional systems, controls, hospitals and public safety resources, the prospect for saving lives and infrastructure only increases.
Thousands of “smart solutions” are proposed, from hundreds of providers. Complexity can be daunting and interoperability is far from standardized. What is the best path forward for cities and government officials?
RIoT has supported Smart City initiatives over the past several years and led a large regional delegation to the Smart Cities Summit in Austin the past two years. Cary, North Carolina implemented an innovative approach and I recently sat down with Nicole Raimundo, Chief Information Officer and Terry Yates, Smart Cities Program Manager for the town. Here is an abbreviated conversation: