The ultimate vision for a sustainable city is one that is economically resilient. It is culturally and socially vibrant and inclusive. The citizens are active and engaged in their community. And environmental quality is steadily improving. How can Cisco Smart+Connected Communities provide the right solution to the complex problems of cities?
The short answer is that an investment in broadband infrastructure creates jobs, increases competitiveness, and improves social equity. The longer answer is that an investment in an intelligent network provides the means for the government to converge traditionally siloed business processes into a single network. This increases sustainability in two ways: It reduces
Operating Expenditure by doing more with less, and it provides new revenue streamsfrom the services it enables.
Economy - The key to being more competitive is to be more productive. An S+CC implementation provides the means to deliver higher-quality services, and the network to participate in a larger, more efficient market. Business processes such as permitting can be streamlined.
New tools can be created to lessen the cost of compliance. New partners and investors can be paired with local businesses. The result is job creation.
In turn, the availability of good jobs attracts people who are capable of advancing the paradigm.
Environment - There are only two ways to maintain, much less improve, the environment: reduce the amount of resources that are being consumed, or develop clean, renewable supplies of energy. While we wait for the latter, S+CC helps to achieve the former.
There are a wide range of solutions including (but hardly limited to) improved urban design and building standards, increased use of video to minimize travel, improved public transportation, and the ability to monitor and manage the use of all utilities.
Society - The most vibrant and desirable communities are those in which the citizens are fully engaged. S+CC nurtures engagement through a wide range of services, and can be used to create a transparent government process that encourages participation.
The ability to facilitate innovation and to foster collaboration is central to the long-term competitive position of the city.