And while things - including innovations like drones, traffic rerouting systems, smoke and chemical detectors, water security systems that can sense harmful toxins, police cameras in vehicles and worn as part of the new everyday uniform of police officers - are providing oceans of data to next-generation city management platforms- it is the ability for human beings to interact with data that will bring cities to a new level in the digital transformation age.
IP networking including proximity tuned networks which improve the availability and quality of voice, data, video and secure messaging applications can turn a vulnerable community into a smart and safe community.
Advanced digital infrastructure programs can be rolled out along with new roads, bridges, tunnels, waterways and public spaces integrating a diverse range of information across applications, departments and regions.
Sensors can trigger automatic alerts to employees - including any “subscriber” of that data, whose human communications devices can include software clients that allow them to immediately join a voice or video conference.
Now that communications networks are virtualized, and cloud communications has matured dramatically, these high-performance, completely “dark” interactions can be orchestrated and managed with policy.
These private networks can be programmed based on well-thought through “in case of emergency” logistics, with every relevant first responder notified, along with city officials, administrative leaders, hospitals and even citizens depending on the application.