As smart cities continue their inexorable growth, administrators must ensure that they are able to deliver the modern services that new data and insights make possible. In many cases, this means that the administrative landscape will have to evolve along with the smarter cities they are running.
What’s the best way forward? With the promise of myriad new services that smart cities will enable, how best to configure your staff to administer these services? Atlanta has a Chief Bicycle Officer and, until last year, Oregon had a Chief Electric Vehicle Officer. Will we start seeing Chief WiFi Officers, Chief Parking Officers, Chief Congestion Officers, and Chief Pedestrian Officers? With so many potential new services that smart cities could offer, you can’t appoint a C-suite executive to oversee each individual one. How can cities ensure that services are administered properly, information is collected and utilized effectively, that alarms and alerts from connected sensors are responded to in a timely manner?
Earlier this year, global digital business association TM Forum launched a Smart City Forum to bring together more than 100 leading smart cities and governments worldwide to discuss and resolve smart city challenges. Data Informed spoke with Carl Piva, VP of Strategic Programs at TM Forum, about how smart cities are addressing these challenges and what smart city governments will look like in a few years.
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