Data-driven decisions

Understand the essential elements to building smart communities

Jul 29, 2016

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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John Hasthorpe