1) What is a Smart City, a Gigabit City or an Intelligent Community?

A smart city uses digital technologies, data and communication technologies to enhance the quality and performance of urban services, to reduce costs and resource consumption, and to engage more effectively and actively with its citizens. Currently, Smart City initiatives are primarily in Europe and Asia and have recently been announced in the USA.

A Gigabit City makes use of the entrepreneurial and innovation process as a pathway to economic development through the use of a Gigabit network, open data and innovative Apps. Gigabit City initiatives are primarily in the USA although there are other Gigabit infrastructure buildouts are in process around the world in Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, Korea and in Europe.

Intelligent Communities make use of holistic planning and ICT to accelerate the education and economic development of the community. Intelligent Communites also give additional focus to social, cultural and environmental impacts. Intelligent Communities are found primarily in North American but are also found in Europe and Asia.

An Internet of Everything Community (IoE), is a community specifically deveoted to creating, testing and producing IoE innovations, products and services. IoE communites are the latest comer to the Smart City market and are fullfilled by our Smart Gigabit Main Street brand.

Regardless, each initiative has a different starting point, yet all seek to accelerate the economic development of the community while improving the quality of life for its residents.

What does your community aspire to become?

2) Why is this important to cities, community organizations, developers and providers?

Just as successful cities have planned for the economic development of their community, cities which will successfully compete in the global economy will also be the same cities which have looked forward to develop a realistic plan for the development of their Smart City or Gigabit City initiative.

Cites or community organizations which are forward looking will enjoy improved economic and educational opportunities, and a higher return on investment. Cities or community organizations that do not consider forward looking planning are likely to become less competitive.

3) What economic impacts might our city realize from initiating Smart or Gigabit City planning?

Cities, community organizations and providers have the potential to achieve the following:

a) The creation of high value jobs.

b) Improved community valuation.

c) Improved public and private sector revenues - identification of new revenue streams.

d) An improved ability to attract and retain talent and across your region.

e) National and international market visibility and more effective brand attraction.

f) An improvement in all forms of public and private sector services.

g) The acceleration of the entrepreneurial and innovation process.

h) Ability to mitigate and manage social, educational and environmental impacts.

i) Develop Apps and IoE innovations which imrpove community services, create economic impact or improve the quality of life.

4) What are some of the steps to become a Smart, Gigabit City or IoE Community?

Depending on your community's stage of development, one first step to consider is a Playbook or Readiness Guide pilot project.

However, keep in mind that the successful development of this type of planning document, or pilot project, is crucial to the long term success of your initiative and it is imperative to go about this in a thoughtful manner. Sandel & Associates is experienced in this area and can provide substantial benefit. Sandel & Associates also co-authored the Kansas City Google Fiber Playbook, "Playing to Win".

If your initiative has progressed beyond the Playbook stage, we can also work with you in an accelerated fashion.

5) What are some of the planning processes used in developing Smart or Gigabit City pilots?

Look at our Services section, or feel free to contact us.

6) I am interested to learn more. How should I proceed ?

We recommend an initial interview or conference call.