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You would not build a house with out a plan

The same applies to technology infrastructure for a place, campus, district or a city/region.   As things become ever more connected and the opportunities that can be gained from harnessing those connections are realised, their is unless carefully planned for many challenges.

It is these various challenges that create the need for a technology plan.

The challenges are various and some are constant, others come and go.  From the constant economic changes that a smart city needs to roll with, through to changing local political demands, and adapting to climate change.   

Knowing what to do

Ironically plenty of technology projects are embarked on with no clear idea of what the end goal is or even  what it is they are supposed to deliver.  These are expensive failures.  A technology blueprint/architecture gives procurement teams confidence that what is to be purchased has a use, an owner and someone to assign a charge code too.

Security

Security is probably the number one concern.  Good security from a technology perspective is holistic, multi-layered, fail safe where appropriate, does not rely on single points of control and encompasses the physical and digital worlds.  Knowing who can access what for which reasons is key to capture and control.

Change

If the last twenty years have demonstrated is that technology drives change.  Sometimes that change is rapid, other times slower.   Technology will evolve faster than physical structures and the urban environment.  As such it will change relatively frequently.  How to manage that change without a house of cards scenario – i.e. – crashing down – requires awareness of what connects to what and for what reasons.

Capacity

Capacity is a concern only when it breaks.  Then it is often expensive to fix.  Proactively managing capacity of known choke points in the digital infrastructure and planning upgrades so those choke points either never appear or are short lived will lead to a better operational experience.

In summary

Having a sound handle on the technology to be deployed or already deployed in a smart city will save time, cash, reputation and better guarantee that the smart city vision will be maintained. However, if places choose not to work with an technology infrastructure design then it would suggest that maybe they are not that smart…

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