As government IT leaders eye smart city projects, the download and upload speeds they will need to make these dreams come true are likely on the horizon. This faster connectivity is thanks to the advent of the fifth-generation mobile network, which promises to offer high-speed, low-latency services.
The area of smart city continues to enjoy rapid growth, both in the development of new technologies and devices, as well as their applications within the city environment. Smart city investment across the globe is increasing significantly. On a European level alone, On a European level alone, EU has set aside a multi-billion funding for smart city projects between 2014-2020. In order for these investments to realize a return, all actors – from municipalities, to industry and local businesses – need to work together to solve one of the most complex challenges in the smart city development: interoperability.
As Kansas City, Mo., moves forward with its Smart City Initiative, the city also plans to expand its KC Streetcar, a 2-year-old transit system that threads its way through the sectors of downtown Kansas City. The KC Streetcar has served as “a laboratory” of sorts for implementing technology that supports smart city innovations, said Kansas City CIO Bob Bennett.