What are the best ways for authorities to structure connectivity plans? What are the benefits of connectivity in general? What are the value propositions for various stakeholders involved in the development of smart cities?
These questions, and more, are answered in a new guideline report, which advises cities and government authorities in development of connected city plans. The report, the Connected City Blueprint, is created under the umbrella of the Connected City Advisory Board (CCAB) and the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA).
Cities face several constraints (including land availability, population growth, revenues and resources) but must also look at ways to facilitate improvements in the citizens’ and visitors’ standard of living. Therefore, it is not just about technology, but also about the management framework supporting the connectivity technologies. For cities that are just beginning to embark on their citywide connectivity deployments, the key challenges are based on understanding how to handle inevitable technology changes and the viable revenue models for public-private partnership.
Even for cities that have done some deployments in the past, there is a need to validate technology roadmaps and business models. The cities must cater to different scenarios – the backup plan for data versus managing security and high definition video streaming for police and transport, requires different capabilities.
All these different cases require different levels of connectivity. Therefore, cities need to figure out how all of this ties together. It is also important to recognize that various cities are at the different ends of the development spectrum and there are differences in social, economic and political frameworks.
The Connected City Blueprint is intended to work as a guideline to support cities and government authorities to develop their connected city plans, and for the broader wireless industry, including citizens, entrepreneurs, operators, regulators, equipment manufacturers and service developers to better understand the challenges and opportunities of the Connected City and Smart City ecosystem. Overall connectivity is important to a city on many layers:
- Citizens: Providing greater convenience and better quality of life;
- Businesses: Create new economic opportunities for companies in all sectors including tech, media, healthcare, logistics and more;
- Government: Efficiently manage and run the city by anticipating needs and providing improved services to its people.
This initial Connected City Blueprint report is a starting point to aggregate and identify Cities and Local Authorities views and perspectives on how to structure connectivity plans, their benefits and the value propositions around a horizon that various stakeholders can understand.
The structure of the Report is divided into three major parts:
- Part I (Chapters 2 – 5): Identifying the importance of the Smart City Vision and the role of connectivity. What cities need to be thinking about to begin the process of developing a smarter and more connected City Ecosystem.
- Part II (Chapters 6 – 8): The necessary technologies to help cities develop their Connected City Plan and identifying a set of case studies in terms of verticals implemented in cities around the world, acting as a benchmark for future deployments.
- Part III (Chapters 9 – 11): Examining the opportunities and services that can be explored by cities, including Big Data, Roaming and Public-Private Partnerships. Throughout the report, references are made to examples of deployments and processes implemented in different cities. This aims to bring realistic and real-world examples to the discussion in order to facilitate the understanding of the opportunities and challenges for the cities in the various aspects addressed in this report.
Have a look at the full report.