Smart Cities

February 2, 2016

The Internet of Things is revolutionizing integration in the consumer market. Smart Cities are affected by changes in technology and integration. Local counties and cities are adapting to the growth of their connected constituents by integrating governmental services through technology.

Data analytics provided by municipalities offer constitutes a way of tapping into their local government. Statistics and data are collected for the government’s use to become more efficient and save taxpayers money. Becoming more transparent allows users to understand and participate in the decisions that their government is making.

Trying to stream line the process, governments are building what we call “Smart Cities” where disparate departments had miles of red tape to wade through are now instantly connected. Cities are integrating their streetlights with weather warnings and in some areas you can even see snow removal in real time happening around the county.

One area that is left out from this revolution are first responders. While updates are made to text emergencies to 911, no platform offers a single picture with which first responders can work together. Frequently in emergency situations information sharing becomes difficult. First responders try to take scattered information and parse it together into actionable information to help those in need. With the use of ArcAngel first responders can communicate with one another as well as with those in need to send help quickly where it is needed. Virtually triaging the scene allows first responders to find out the resources needed to help and how to move those in danger to safety.

Integrating with the current platforms that exist in government institutions allows not only the first responders to communicate amongst themselves, but also with government stakeholders that can provide valuable resources in an emergency. By all of these departments working together Smart Cities become Safer Cities.