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Smart City Goals
Most cities share common goals when implementing smart city
infrastructure, including integrating technologies that will help
them thrive and succeed for years to come. When determining which
advancements will be most impactful to help address public safety,
economic development, traffic and aging infrastructure challenges,
cities should invest in a strategy that takes advantage of connected
technologies. This can help city leaders better manage energy and
maintenance costs, reduce environmental impact, enhance comfort
and safety, and increase building values.
Existing infrastructure should be considered when determining
which connected technologies to implement within a municipality.
Implementing new smart city infrastructure can be a large financial
undertaking, so leveraging existing infrastructure can give cities
a better and quicker return on investment. To do this, city leaders
should look at current structures and technologies that can be
repurposed and enhanced to create a smart city. In particular, smart
lighting can provide cities a point of entry into achieving broader
smart city and resiliency plans.
Lighting as an Entryway
Streetlights are a crucial component to everyday safety on roadways
as well as evacuation routes in emergency situations, and because of
this, they're usually already implemented across cities. This existing
infrastructure allows for smart improvements, such as networked
LED streetlights, to be easily added and more cost-effective. However,
it is the added applications that can be integrated in addition to the
networked LED street lights that make lighting an intelligent stepping stone for a city's wider smart city plan.
Cameras, sensors and even gunshot detection devices can be
installed on top of connected streetlights, bringing much more than
illumination. The LED lights can then work with the other applications to improve a city's resilience. During a hurricane or forest fire,
for example, using traffic sensors and climate detection, smart street
lights can light a path or paths for residents that are both uncongested and safe to pass from flooding or poor air quality. This everyday
asset with added intelligence can now be one of the main components that helps improve the speed and safety of evacuations during
an emergency. Smart street lighting is a foundation to a multitude
of other integrations cities can use in their efforts to become more
intelligent and resilient during and after an emergency.
With smart cities closer to the present than the future, it's important for local governments to seek information on what is possible in their municipalities. Smart cities and intelligent improvements are the platforms toward more resilient futures for cities,
so it is critical for city leaders to understand how advancements
can work together to achieve the common goal of creating a safer
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and more comfortable municipality. Once
officials are able to see the more holistic
smart future, then they can properly initiate a plan of action. Resiliency is achievable
through many smart city enhancements; it
is just a matter of deciding what improvements are best for each city.
Lisa Brown is national director for municipal infrastructure and smart cities for
Johnson Controls. She is responsible for growth of the local government market in
North America, including the development of strategies, offerings and innovations
for local government service and systems markets. In 2015, Brown created the
Johnson Controls local government urban growth initiative, which combines smart
city solutions with community outreach and workforce enhancement for midsize to
large municipal customers. For more information, visit www.johnsoncontrols.com.
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