Today’s cities need easily adoptable technology solutions backed by financial and world class service management. There are many service models available under the managed services options such as Platform as a Service (PaaS), Network as a Service (NaaS) and Lighting as a Service (LaaS). Managed services facilitate increased organizational efficiency and improved operations. Cities can leverage managed services to reap benefits such as cost reduction, increased uptime, profitability, 24x7x365 coverage, and mission critical security. With managed services, cities can not only focus on citizen engagement but also efficiently monitor the health of the city or the city’s mobility.
As one example, interaction monitors can allow traffic engineers to move from electromagnetic controllers to a system that is completely integrated with its own IT system. With an integrated system, an entire intersection won’t become impacted if a single push-button goes bad. The integrated approach allows each part to remain on track even if there are disturbances in other areas of the system.
With a managed services model, however, agencies no longer have to operate and maintain the equipment or ensure the accuracy of the data. The monitoring can be accomplished by a multipurpose network creating a flawless integration of smart mobility into a Smart City.
The future is now and it’s here. Connected things have moved beyond concept and cities are embracing and adopting smart solutions with ever evolving city-centric applications. Cost savings are a key driver and incentive for many smart city technology deployments. The scope of efficiency improvements across all urban sectors and segments is staggering and amounts to more than US $5T in yearly cost savings globally (ABI Research, 2017).
With a high concentration of people and enterprises across a rapidly increasing number of mega cities, the shift toward urbanization is unlocking a whole new world of opportunity. With the power of services and sharing paradigms, cities can achieve higher asset utilization rates, obtain economics of scale, and ultimately enable a more sustainable environment on a level never seen before.