The Connected City Advisory Board (CCAB) recently launched its first Connected City Blueprint. A guideline to support cities and government authorities developing Connected City plans, the report clearly outlines the factors to consider when developing a smarter and more connected city ecosystem, and the technology required. It also provides a set of case studies to be used as a benchmark for future connected city deployments.
Smart cities are an evolutionary step in urban development, enabling economic growth and improving the quality of life for citizens. Connectivity lies at the very heart of smart cities by connecting networks, sensors and devices to transform the way a city operates. The Connected City Blueprint aims to help the wider wireless industry, including citizens, entrepreneurs, operators, regulators, equipment manufacturers and service developers, better understand the challenges and opportunities of the connected city and smart city ecosystem.
The Blueprint identifies and brings together cities and local authorities’ views and perspectives on how to structure connectivity plans, the benefits of connectivity, and the value propositions for various stakeholders involved in the development of smart cities. It also outlines the opportunities and services that can be explored by cities, including big data, roaming and public-private partnerships.
Collaboration between citizens, governments and businesses will be vital for the success of smart cities. Connectivity will allow businesses to create opportunities across a range of sectors, such as public services like healthcare, and will enable governments to efficiently manage and run the city by anticipating needs and providing improved services to people. Together, this will give citizens greater convenience and a better quality of life.
“Cities have a responsibility to ensure that connectivity is accessible to all – citizens, businesses and city services. This means it is imperative for city managers and CIOs who’ve successfully implemented connectivity to share plans and highlight the benefits of connected cities in a way for all to understand,” explained Reza Jafari, Vice Chair of the CCAB and Board Advisor to the WBA. “The purpose of the Connected City Blueprint is to do exactly that and bring these value propositions to light. By allowing cities to share their experiences and help one another maximize opportunities and overcome challenges, we are one step closer to making the smart dream a reality.”
Shrikant Shenwai, CEO of the WBA added: “The WBA is committed to bridging the digital divide, and the advent of connected cities will bring digital equality to citizens across the globe. The CCAB’s Blueprint will enable cities to grow partnerships, and share essential knowledge that will essentially help better the lives of millions.”
The CCAB and the WBA will continue to develop The Connected City Blueprint to help the wireless community successfully implement connected and smart cities. As an industry-wide collaborative, the CCAB would like to invite stakeholders to get involved in this initiative.