What Actions the Governments can take to Ensure Development of...

What Actions the Governments can take to Ensure Development of Smart Cities

Gov CIO Outlook | Monday, October 14, 2019

The government's decision to make the smart cities sustainable will help in building a holistic city that will have good governance, smart infrastructure, robust digitalization, and a decent quality of livelihood for the citizens.

FREMONT, CA: The urban centers are a hub for revenue growth and technological development. Every day, new people are migrating from rural areas to cities in search of better education, health facilities, an advanced lifestyle, and job opportunities. Therefore, the government also wants to sufficiently fit the increasing population into the cities by providing a fulfilling lifestyle, and to achieve this, they are trying to make cities 'smarter' with technology. Therefore, the government is aiming at creating a smart and sustainable city, and this means the cities will be ready to accept any socio-economic change.

A Guide to Make Smart Cities Sustainable

When a government decides to make a smart city sustainable, they have to keep a few things in mind, such as a green environment, enhanced security, smart waste management, good governance, and better healthcare facilities. It is not easy to make sustainable cities because each city is different, and it needs a unique approach to become innovative. Here are some of the measures that governments can take to make cities both smart and sustainable.

1. Expand IT Expertise

A smart city is embedded with sensors in almost every product, device, and other things surrounding the town. Analysts and IT professionals can collect real-time data so that it becomes easier to detect any issues in the cities. Smart cities need the assistance of IT experts who can draw informative, productive, and actionable insights by the influence of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Data Analytics to collect data. The team of IT experts can help governments identify various uses of sensors for products and devices that can participate in the betterment of the cities.

2. Automation Will Bring in Cost Savings

The object of automation is to decrease human engagement on specific tasks that will reduce costs and errors. When the government employs AI-based technologies for the safety and security of a smart city, it will automatically result in a lot of savings as they do not have to hire a human being to complete the task. To maintain security, the AI-based technologies can look-over a large part, which is not possible for a single person. Therefore, a single machine can do the work of many people.

3. Mitigating Risks, Reducing Damages

By contributing to the expansion of a smart city, the government can also reduce damages during a disaster. The smart cities with their sensors can detect any irregularities in the reading of the sensitive areas. Sensors will be able to notify the authorities if any of their interpretation goes beyond or lower the safe limit. The government and its security persons can keep track of everything, and during disturbances, they can take action quickly and prevent the situation from increasing.

It will also become more comfortable for the city to control damage in case of disasters as the sensors can collect data and send them for processing in real-time.

Apart from the above-mentioned contribution, the government can also save the environment with smart cities. The sensors of the town will help the city managers to monitor traffic flow, energy usage, noise levels, air quality, and also travel patterns in real-time. These insights will allow the government to review and make changes in the city as quickly as possible to improve services and amenities. A smart city has been designed in such a way that it has the potential to tackle the challenges of urban growth and also achieve new standards of sustainability.

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