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Infrastructure Managed Services Paves The Way For Smart Cities

With the proliferation of the concept of smart cities, technology giants are increasingly realizing that tomorrow’s problems cannot be solved by today’s solutions. The need of the hour is to develop smart technologies that anticipate and prevent problems proactively as opposed to solving them reactively.
What are smart cities?
Are they mere geographic landscapes that stand out from their not-so-smart counterparts through a technology-driven stroke of luck?
Or, do they become smart by making its citizens smarter? If yes, how do they do that?
According to Frost & Sullivan, smart cities use intelligent (or smart) solutions that accomplish at least five of the following goals:
Smart infrastructure
Smart healthcare
Smart governance
Smart technology
Smart citizen
Smart education
Put simply, smart cities leverage futuristic solutions to lower costs, save energy, build strongly-connected ecosystems and eventually, improve the quality of life.
Cities that collect and share data from everywhere and anywhere to deliver better services- be it in public transport, airports, convention centers or downtown shopping lanes. Cities that create networks capable of connecting with thousands of devices – dumb or smart – to drive better outcomes.
There are likely to be 26 smart cities worldwide by 2026, including Sydney, Tokyo, Amsterdam, Singapore and Beijing, amongst others. Within India, the central government has earmarked a budget of Rs 1000 billion to develop 100 smart cities in the next five years.
Infrastructure Managed Services Shows the Way
To bridge the gap between the dream of smart cities and its realization, the need of the hour is to singularly focus on the most important edifice on which these cities will be created – infrastructure.
Without the right infrastructure that accommodates and simplifies data-driven Information Security – sharing information safely at the speed of now with those who need it – smart cities are nothing more than snippets of wishful thinking.
This means upgrading existing, social, technological, environmental and communication infrastructures using automation at unprecedented levels. What this also means is stereotypical silos will need to broken.
For example, it’s great to have technologically sound traffic management, but its efficacy is next to nothing if it cannot solve a real problem of congestion at a particular time slot, say 6 pm.
By implementing big data analytics – a critical component of Managed Services – you can actually reprogram the traffic lighting system to decongest traffic by getting all stakeholders onboard within a stipulated timeframe. This is how silos are broken.
Digital transformation has the potential to unite and optimize the management of critical operational elements such as processes, policies, human resources, data and technology. In fact, digital transformation and infrastructure managed services (IMS) are two sides of the same coin and are inevitably interlinked. In the context of smart cities, its significance is invaluable.