Smart City/Smart Utility Report: Smart Street Systems Moving from Whiteboards to Neighborhoods
Given the rapid pace of change in 2016, it can be hard to believe that only a few years have passed since advanced street systems began their move from the concept stage to initial city deployments. In 2015, only 12 percent of Strategic Directions: Smart City/Smart Utility Report survey respondents indicated they were piloting a smart city program. In 2016, that number rose to 19 percent. This shift has coincided with further penetration of smartphones and the evolving mobile app economy that is changing consumer expectations for what is and what is not possible from traditional service providers.
Communities of all sizes are now exploring pilot programs, leveraging low-cost data capture devices, and implementing more expansive and capable communications networks to move toward a more connected future.