The Pillars of Smart Cities
The four pillars of smart planning are vital to the success of Smart Cities and the Regional Smart City Initiative. While each is important in its own way, the four are interdependent.
More than just a pillar, Connectivity is the foundation of smart planning. Internet of Things sensors rely on their ability to transmit data in real time, which aid in smart planning decisions. Furthermore, connectivity has become a utility, equal in importance to gas and electricity. The Internet is making our world smaller, connecting our rural communities to our urban cores, and creating jobs along the way.
Improvements to our existing physical transportation infrastructure are necessary to accommodate population growth and business needs. But mobility is about more than getting from place to place; it’s about providing access to education and job training, advancing careers and growing businesses.
Physical and cybersecurity are equally important in a connected region. IoT-provided data can identify problem areas and guide law enforcement strategies, while state-of-the-art encryption and active network surveillance protect our businesses, schools, municipal networks, and IoT sensors from malicious intrusions.
By being mindful of sustainability during the construction of new buildings and the implementation of other Smart Cites solutions, we can reduce costs while protecting our natural resources and improving quality of life. Sustainable practices provide benefits across all sectors, from agriculture to heavy industry, from residential to commercial and everywhere in between.