SENSATIVE AB – Marketing Manager
Public authorities often struggle to derive the full potential of digital technologies because of the complexities of coordinating multiple organizations and systems. A lack of standardization creates problems with sharing and using data to identify needs, shape new solutions and improve public services. What’s more, if cities are locked into particular technologies or vendors, it can stifle innovation and slow down the progress of digital transformation.
IoT: the critical enabler
Risking potential benefits
a smartphone is for an individual citizen. It provides a common set of security mechanisms across the city’s various operating systems. There are standardized data models (let’s call that the “language” that the sensor speaks) and common APIs so that systems can talk to each other.With these common standards, it’s much easier to add a new sensor, organization or service, and data can be joined up and aggregated in a host of different ways to produce new insights and drive new innovations that are perhaps unimaginable today. Different agencies, organizations and individuals can compare and share data in creative ways to collaborate on delivering better, more sustainable and more efficient services for people and businesses. What’s more, when different cities use the same platform, data and solutions can be shared between cities.
Organizational and cultural
the challenges for cities are organizational — how can cities organize themselves to be able to share and use data? — and cultural — how can public authorities and their partners be incentivized to do so?In the digital age, data is the new raw material for the creation and delivery of effective services and experiences. Creating a digital infrastructure is surely a priority for cities, as is the drive to embrace digital transformation so that city authorities can realize its full value.