Cisco to Smart City Planners: Get Started
Why a Sound Data Governance Policy is the Foundation for Future Planning
The time is now to ensure local and regional systems are secure in order to protect privacy and prevent attacks, according to Cisco’s TJ Costello.
Speaking on the "Internet of Everything, Connectivity and Security in Smart Regions" leadership forum at last month’s Smart Regions Congress in Washington, DC, Costello said Cisco is aligned with the Venture Smarter priority to address security in connectivity.
“Smart regions start with a sound data governance policy,” he said. “It's not about the technology. It's about positioning a region for success.”
Costello said advancements such as the use of drones to deliver food or emergency supplies, electrification of cities to operate autonomous vehicles, and other smart city projects also bring higher cybersecurity risks.
“We must put a data fabric together to bring smart solutions to people and cities without compromising their security and privacy,” Costello said.
Costello, who is Cisco’s Director of Smart Cities and IoT for the Americas, said an effective data governance policy should address:
- Workforce challenges and opportunities
- Rapid urbanization problems and potential
- Mobility and transit system disruption
- Utilities facing hyper-distributed environment
- Urban resilience, climate change
Costello said the same data that can be analyzed to predict and prevent future cyber attacks also can be used to solve urban problems. He pointed to Las Vegas as an example of how cities and regions can tap into data to achieve parallel progress on multiple fronts.
Costello said the City of Las Vegas asked Cisco to analyze pedestrian sensor data to understand why their pedestrian deaths are among the top five highest in the country. “By putting together the data, we were able to identify the problems and find the solutions while also finding valuable information for the economic development department to see how those pedestrian patterns could be used in business development and planning,” he said.
Similarly, Cisco worked with the city of Cary, North Carolina, in using data and analytics for urban planning while also fixing parking problems.
“An architectural approach to data is mandatory to connect disparate systems in the data fabric and in the secure network,” he said.
Costello added, “My advice to smart city planners? Get started."
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