The importance of public-private partnerships to make smart cities a reality
Published: Apr 23, 2018
Author: Preston Read
How to implement smart city technology with public-private partnerships
Critical to the success of any technology purchase is implementing it effectively for the benefit of everyone involved. That means putting citizens at the center of the technology integration and any investment in a smart city.
If citizens can’t use or benefit from the technology, it’s going to be difficult to make the case to use public resources. That’s why before embarking on the opportunity, cities should carefully consider the problems they’re looking to solve and how technology can tackle those problems so they’re focused and intentional around creating solutions.
Another critical part of the process is for agencies to understand different types of data and how it should be managed and protected. Who owns the data is one of the more complicated questions when setting up a public-private partnership, and what many agencies don’t realize is that there are many types of data. One of the keys to success is separating ownership and monetization at the beginning and ensuring that data security and privacy are put first.
It’s also important to be creative and open-minded in thinking about how you can incorporate technology. Look to make a robust commitment in the beginning instead of adding pieces at a time and having to play catch up later in the implementation process. In addition to cost savings, agencies will have better technology integration across departments and can more easily share information and best practices when implementation is done all at once.
Tackling projects on a larger scale is preferable since incremental changes mean you lose value and savings in each step. A lot of times cities try to break smart initiatives into smaller pieces – this tactic doesn’t allow them to share data and doesn’t allow individual companies to be involved in the city for the long term.