In this podcast, we talk with Anthony Veri of solution provider Integrated Network Concepts. Anthony has a wealth of knowledge and experience helping end-users select and install smart city platforms, and we talk about a range of issues, from the impact of COVID-19 and how it is accelerating digital transformation in smart cities to the selection, specification, and value proposition of smart city platforms. If you are considering the implementation of a smart city platform, or even if you already have one installed, you should give this episode a listen.
Smart City Platforms: Why a Holistic View is Required
Here's a great quote from Anthony Veris on why smart city platforms are needed and how we can break down data and functional silos in a smart city:
The purpose of smart technology for cities and smart cities, was to help break down these silos because they've already been siloed for years. And now we're falling back into the same problem of using a technology to solve a problem. But then it gets siloed in the information isn't shared with other departments, and other service providers and other people throughout the city.
And that's where the importance of breaking down these silos and sharing this information. So there's not duplication of technology solutions or different solutions being procured for the same problem. So this could really help cities cut down on waste, and also be more efficient with their time being able to share data across many different departments. So when we get back to the Smart City platform definition, what I view it as is a smart city platform is a software platform that operates basically, just as a single pane of glass, and it's going to display data that's collected from various sources. I mean, that could be from IoT sensors, video surveillance cameras. It could be from other sensors deployed outside or inside throughout the city. And then there are across multiple applications, different agencies and departments.
And all this data is collected in a repository, which I which we would say is a smart city platform. Then within this platform, this information can be displayed throughout all city departments for people to access and this is where The city and while you would have to have people delegated for these tests, to set up authorization and permission levels of what they have access to see or what they have access, to edit, or to share, in the primary focus is to display this information, this raw data, and then have alarms and alerts set to show areas of concern or outliers or inefficiencies. So then you know where to take action upon.