The popularity of the “smart city” is growing worldwide and not expected to slow down any time soon. In fact, research firm Frost and Sullivan recently estimated the smart city market could reach $3.3 trillion by 2025—welcome news for those involved in infrastructure development, technology integration, energy initiatives or security.
So, what makes a city smart? It’s when the city unifies traditionally separate facilities, departments and/or processes to achieve better operational efficiency and increased effectiveness while maximizing resources. A smart city in action might integrate police response and reporting with transportation, energy and urban planning, public safety and more. Using a targeted and unified approach, city officials, first responders and residents benefit from proactive situation awareness and heightened information sharing.