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Smart communities are safe, healthy, liveable, prosperous and well run. Stabilising these common traits are five core capabilities.

  • Collaboration
  • Awareness
  • Analytics (data-driven decisions)
  • Mobility
  • Engagement

For local and state governments trying to reach their smart community goals, this means connecting departments with shared data, conducting real-time analysis to uncover problematic patterns, and working with full transparency to keep citizens informed.

But let’s dig a little deeper. What is a smart community? What benefits does ‘smart’ offer citizens?

A smart community takes advantage of readily accessible insights – extracting information from sensors and collected Big Data to make better informed decisions which improve quality of life for citizens.

Acting as a smart community ensures commercial productivity, environmental sustainability and manageable growth. Established smart communities around the globe – cities like Los Angeles, Singapore and Vancouver – use location-based analytics technology to empower people, and are thriving because of this.

You can learn more about the key ingredients to becoming a smart community – including greater detail on the capabilities mentioned above – by downloading the article Three key steps to becoming a smart community.

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