internet of things

Civic innovation in a smart world

As a member of the Microsoft Dynamics community, you may have heard about the corporation’s efforts to advance the smart city agenda. How will Microsoft deliver a sustainable, smart city and implement it without all of us fearing the change? The answer is CityNext and the Internet of Things.

The pace of change

The world has changed a lot in the last couple of decades and many have argued that innovation at the civic level has not kept up to reflect changes in technology, IT and consumer lifestyle. Microsoft has stated that an Internet of Things infrastructure will become mainstream in 2015, and collect massive amounts of data that will help cities run more effectively and more efficiently.

Responsive cities

Part of the problem with modern cities is that they’re not reactive to the needs of the people that live in them. CityNext and the IoT are changing that in some areas around the world.

In an initiative based in Chicago, a networked array of interactive, modular sensor boxes are placed on light poles, and gather data on variables like temperature, humidity, auto and pedestrian traffic, and other forms of real-world data.

The idea is to harvest the data and enable more responsive action on the needs of the population.

Life-saving data

A good example of this is found in New Orleans, where the Orleans Parish Communications District worked with Motorola Solutions to build a a computer automated dispatch system using CityNext.

The project supports incoming 911 calls to enable faster, more efficient dispatching, providing a direct benefit to city dwellers.

When Office 365 and analytics tool Power PI are brought into the mix, Microsoft is building a suite of extremely powerful, cloud-first, mobile-first technologies that work with your devices to deliver civic innovation is bucket loads.