When determining which advancements will be most impactful to help address public safety, economic development, traffic and aging infrastructure challenges, cities should invest in a strategy that takes advantage of connected technologies. This can help city leaders better manage energy and maintenance costs, reduce environmental impact, enhance comfort and safety, and increase building values.
Existing infrastructure should be considered when determining which connected technologies to implement within a municipality. Implementing new smart city infrastructure can be a large financial undertaking, so leveraging existing infrastructure can give cities a better and quicker return on investment. To do this, city leaders should look at current structures and technologies that can be repurposed and enhanced to create a smart city. In particular, smart lighting can provide cities a point of entry into achieving broader smart city and resiliency plans.