Public Sector CIOs: Driving Change with Transformative Technology

Posted by Leila Dillon on 7/29/15 10:12 AM

Most state governments know that emerging technologies can transform the delivery of state services and are looking for Chief Information Officers (CIOs) who can see the potential, understand policy, and deliver productive use of technology. How is this different from a private sector CIO? In many ways, the skills are the same.

Today’s successful public sector CIOs are change agents. They are the primary technology business leaders of the state. They do more than manage hardware, software, IT procurement, and training. Today’s public sector CIOs don’t just automate processes, they transform the business of urban management through the use of innovative technology. They can anticipate policy implications and public expectations, define and deliver tangible results, and articulate project plans to all constituents.

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Topics: Smart Cities, IoT, Municipality, Core City Services

Is Recycling Really Worth the Effort?

Posted by Leila Dillon on 7/21/15 10:04 AM

Each year city leaders take on the task of balancing budgets while keeping a close eye on core city services. If there’s a deficit, one line item that might face reduced support is recycling-related efforts and programs. While they do require budget dollars to maintain, these recycling efforts also promise to save a city money (and environmental impact) in the end.

Recycling costs vary from one city to the next depending upon proximity to landfills, labor cost, real estate prices, and method of recycling. Despite varying financial benefits, there are many positive reasons both economically and environmentally to recycle. 

When it comes to recyclable materials - aluminum, glass, plastic, and paper - some recycle more easily than others and their life spans are extraordinarily long. In all cases, recycling of these materials results in energy and natural resource savings.

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Topics: Community, Resiliency, Recycling, Municipality, Core City Services

Smarter Core City Services with Enabling Technologies

Posted by Leila Dillon on 7/15/15 1:39 PM

What defines a Smart City? Traditionally, a Smart City is a municipality that uses information and communication technology to make its critical infrastructure, services, and utilities more efficient and interactive, and at the same time builds awareness among residents to city services and related programs. The creation of a Smart City requires investments in human and social capital, communications infrastructure, and wise management of natural resources. This combination helps support sustainable economic development and higher quality of life for residents, visitors, and businesses.

Modern cities face many challenges accompanied by the corresponding opportunities: from providing a high quality of life to ensuring socio-economic development; from efficient and innovative business development to the reduction of crime. Central to successfully addressing challenges and capitalizing on opportunities is the adoption of innovative information and communication technologies.

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Topics: Smart Cities, IoT, Municipality, Core City Services

The Rise of the Sensor-Based Smart City

Posted by Leila Dillon on 7/10/15 8:34 AM

Have you ever wondered what enables the Smart Cities of today and prepares them for greater, smarter tomorrows? Sensor technology is a prime candidate. These electronic devices measure, track, and report information on just about all city functions, making it easy for cities to capture, aggregate, and analyze the constant flow of information. The goal is to make real-time decisions and at the same time mitigate negative impacts on the daily lives of city residents, visitors, and businesses, and ensure the efficient and effective use of city budgets and resources. Cities and towns are able to leverage sensor-based technology and data in ways that give insight into their city that aid in keeping daily operations and core services running smoothly, effectively, and efficiently.

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Topics: Smart Cities, Core City Services

"A pilot project in New York could pave the way for widespread municipal Wi-Fi"

Posted by Bigbelly on 5/28/15 1:04 PM

Erika Morphy of Computerworld details a pilot project deployed in the City of New York that elevates the value and offering of the standard Bigbelly smart waste system. What more can it offer to the pedestrians passing by on the busy city streets? Read on to learn more:

A smart waste management company is testing adding Wi-Fi units to its containers in the hopes that cities will want to deploy its system to get a twofer: smart waste disposal and municipal Wi-Fi that works.

Cities’ various attempts to install widespread municipal Wi-Fi over the years have not ended well. They have come against physical problems in the form of buildings and office towers that block signals. They have found it hard to squeeze funding from already tight budgets. In many cases, they have been overwhelmed by pushback from private sector providers of mobile broadband.

A test pilot recently held in New York City, though, could knock aside those issues. This project was conducted by a smart waste management company.

That’s right. A smart waste management company believes it can successfully help municipalities deploy citywide Wi-Fi from its smart trash containers. And it makes sense. Here’s why.

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Topics: Smart Cities, IoT, Municipality, Core City Services

"A Solar Trash Can?" | Yale Climate Connections

Posted by Bigbelly on 3/3/15 8:05 AM

Solar-powered waste bins are compacting trash, saving money, and reducing carbon pollution.

After you drop your garbage in a public trash can, it’s usually picked up by a garbage truck that gets less than three miles per gallon. And most times, the trash cans are not even full.

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Topics: Municipality, Core City Services

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