A smart city uses data to develop tailored strategies that enhance livability, workability, and sustainability – empowering citizens with the resources necessary to transform and improve their communities. Why? Because cities are growing. Combined with challenges like aging infrastructures, shrinking budgets, and the need to better manage vital resources, citizens and employers are seeking better services, resources, and livability.

A smart city improves infrastructure and services like transportation, energy management, traffic and mobility, public safety, and water and waste management; empowers people both to engage more effectively with local government through better communication networks and to access and share data and information that can help ensure equity in service delivery; and attracts investment and talent by providing entrepreneurial opportunities, quality of life, and vibrant connected communities. Learn more in this article posted at the World Economic Forum.

Throughout the nation and across the globe, cities are embarking on smart city initiatives. Demonstrating the potential of smart city technology, Tampa Electric Co. deployed a smart street lighting solution that ensures roadway safety, reduces crime and benefits the environment with energy-efficient lighting. Smart city technology is also benefiting water systems. For example, Miami-Dade County is enhancing visibility into wastewater flow monitoring with a solution from Itron and Utility Science, Systems and Software that includes smart sensors from US3 and data visualization tools available through Itron’s developer program.