• Building a Smart City: Technology and Collaboration

    “Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” – Jane Jacobs    

    It is amazing to look back on the progress that has been made across the regions of Colorado, all of which has been much more intentional then the overnight success it seems. It is also exciting to think about what is next and the impact that the technology will have on creating the more efficient, friendly connected communities we, as citizens, have come to expect.

    City builders, innovators, and technologists must stand side by side in designing our future communities. With fast-evolving technology and innovations, we know we will see more change in the next 20 years than in the last 300. What will the connected communities and smart cities of the future look like? A connected community might include delivery drones, the hyperloop, intelligent robots, self-driving vehicles, revolutions in energy production and storage, IoT driven devices and surveillance and 3d-printed buildings. It is exciting to think about, but also, admittedly, a little overwhelming.  

    While the fully connected infrastructures that will support tomorrow’s smarter cities will rely on these cutting-edge technologies, they will also depend on vision, innovation, insights, and leadership. These are the building blocks of smart cities development and a citizen-centric approach to implementation.  

    Collaboration is essential. Smarter, more connected communities will be built with the collective voices and efforts of industry, government, academia, impact investors and nonprofit organizations.  In Colorado, we have a history of such cooperation. The future is bright.  We have the opportunity to leverage the benefits of technology to create an efficient and vibrant environment for all.  

    In this vein, we hope that you join us for CTA’s upcoming CO Smart City Symposium on September 18 to discuss how we will work together to tackle the challenges of today’s and tomorrow’s communities, including mobility, public health and safety, infrastructure and limited environmental and economic resources.

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