Thriving smart regions will bolster local economies with smart development rooted in connectivity, mobility, security, and sustainability. We will use technology as a tool to create better places to live, work, and visit; ultimately leveraging data, analytics, and the Internet of Things to optimize or altogether replace our outdated infrastructure and government systems. Smart Regions promote equitable, accessible solutions for all residents and visitors, regardless of socioeconomic or physical barriers. And of course, these new solutions alleviate otherwise strained budgets by cutting costs, generating revenue, and creating better experiences for everyone.
In order to mitigate risks and guarantee sound, outcomes-driven planning, Smart Regions should use a technology standard and planning framework such as IEEE-SA P2784: The Guide to the Technology and Planning Process to Build A Smart Region. Smart Regions efforts help engage local, county, state, and regional leaders around best practices and available tools to streamline such efforts.