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As consumer technology evolves at an accelerating pace, municipalities and government agencies are seeking new opportunities to enable modern services and scenarios for their citizens, driven through the integration of IoT and other modern capabilities based on the core public infrastructure already in place. The scale and technological sophistication of many of these endeavors make entirely agency-led initiatives impractical, and are leading to an increased use of public-private partnerships to leverage the best parts of what governments and businesses have to offer.

 

A Wall Street Journal article recently highlighted three public-private partnerships involving technology provider Hitachi working with municipalities to co-create solutions that leverage IoT to solve challenges in city environments:

 

  1. The Intercity Express Program in the UK links cities, using high-speed hybrid electric trains, where private-sector partners optimize frequency, availability and quality – minimizing risk through data-driven management.
  2. The city of Copenhagen, Denmark launched the world’s first City Data Exchange, a data marketplace that enables businesses, government and organizations to remove information siloes and improve the flow of public and privately owned data.
  3. Austin, Texas is working with local businesses to integrate public and private cameras and crime data to give police officers improved situational awareness and predictive crime analytics to help them keep citizens safe.

 

Government agencies are engaging with other private partners in similar ways and unlocking significant financial opportunities for both agencies and their private partners. A recent study found that in the best partnership networks, individual members perform a narrow and tightly focused range of tasks, with all parties contributing equally to the project.

 

  • Municipalities working with lighting companies to make street lighting more efficient, effective and eco-friendly – such as the project with Philips Lighting in Los Angeles. The city converted all of its street lights to connected LED lighting, and early results indicate an energy saving of approximately 63% per year, which is a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to approximately 10,000 passenger vehicles.
  • Leveraging technology to resolve urban issues in Seoul, South Korea through public-private partnership, the Bukchon IoT Project was chartered to create a digital Seoul city where urban spaces and digital spaces are connected by IoT technology, and to resolve urban issues in two major areas: safety and tourism. It established vital infrastructure, such as free Wi-Fi, open API, contents and sensors, that are available to apply and demonstrate private IoT services in a city environment.

 

New opportunities for public-private partnerships to leverage technology to enable modern services for citizens are being developed every day – from charging a consumption-based tax to consumers who use more water to linking drivers’ licensing data to property tax databases in order to provide a more holistic view for the service provider when a citizen enters a government office. In each of the scenarios already in use or being developed, the real challenge for municipalities and government agencies isn’t implementation – it is operating the modern services at scale, managing the technology and integrating the data being generated across the partner environment to ensure long-term service viability. A common factor across all the modern-service scenarios is the dependency on a complex network of distributed technology devices, sensors, data transport infrastructure and core public infrastructure, all working seamlessly together, enabled by a boundary-less flow of information. The volume of data being generated is enormous, and growing exponentially. The real challenge going forward is managing this new level of data flow, and ensuring the information derived from it is consistent and accurate.

 

Blazent is the industry leader in data quality management and integration solutions for effectively creating an accruable, reliable representation of all edge IOT devices and more critically their stacks and relationships as they co exist in the estate. Reconciling gaps, conflicts and redundancy issues to ensure that the unified information used for decision making is accurate and trustworthy. For government agencies and municipalities, transparency and accuracy are part of the core mandate to ensure the responsible use of public resources. DQM solutions from Blazent can help you embrace the changes that your citizens expect and ensure the accountability they demand. To learn more, visit www.blazent.com or you can contact us directly at sales@blazent.com.