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Helping CIOs Understand "Smart City" Initiatives

Defining The Smart City, Its Drivers, And The Role Of The CIO

February 11, 2010

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Cities are becoming "smarter," as governments, businesses, and communities increasingly rely on technology to overcome the challenges from rapid urbanization. What makes a "smart city" smart is the combined use of software systems, server infrastructure, network infrastructure, and client devices — which Forrester calls Smart Computing technologies — to better connect seven critical city infrastructure components and services: city administration, education, healthcare, public safety, real estate, transportation, and utilities. The concept of the smart city is pushing the CIOs in federal, state, and local governments and their technology teams to further evaluate emerging technologies and engage with key stakeholders within and outside of their organizations. To successfully deliver on the smart city vision, CIOs should have a clear understanding of what the smart city is, its key drivers, and their role in it.

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Table of Contents

  • Defining The Smart City And Its Drivers
  • The Smart City Is A Collection Of Smarter City Infrastructure And Services
  • The Three Tiers Of CIOs In The Smart City — Industry Dictates Involvement
  • RECOMMENDATIONS

  • CIOs Are Enablers Of The Smart City — Insert Yourself Into The Conversation
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