MTAM Smart Cities / Smart Government Advisory Council

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What is Smart Cities / Smart Government?

Smart Cities/Smart Government is often defined as the provision of government services via mobile devices. In truth, it is much larger, and includes such areas as:

  • transformation of government services via mobile technologies
  • providing access for government workers to enable increased efficiencies
  • providing access to citizens anytime, anywhere
  • defining the rules by which public data are accessed and managed
  • defining appropriate levels of government transparency vs. the need for data security

A conference in Sacramento, CA provides excellent insights into the Smart Cities/ Smart Government conversation. 

What are the challenges of Smart Cities/Smart Government?

  • Integration of innovative technologies has often not been tested and standards are missing.
  • Cash-flow models are not clear yet
  • Business models fail in the face of complex urban systems solutions
  • Standards and interoperability of systems are lacking
  • Companies have not realized that smart city products and business solutions need to be embedded within larger systems. New forms of collaboration, open innovation and co-creation need to be learned by these companies
  • To increase citizen participation and use of government services, government entities need to offer government resources and information in a variety of mobile formats for easier accessibility
  • Far too often city administrations till think and act in silos
  • Many countries, states, communities, have not yet adopted legislation for data and information practices that spell out the rights of citizens and the responsibilities of data holders
  • Political leadership is missing
  • Wireless and mobile network infrastructure, though widely available, are not yet immediately available to all citizens

The importance of Smart Cities/ Smart Government

Government needs to make technology investments and build systems that will support the way people are communicating and interacting today and for the future as much of the world's growing population moves to urban centers. Water scarcity and global energy demand are other major issues driving the need for Smart Cities.

The widespread use of mobile/wireless technologies signifies the changing needs and expectations of the public, and government at all levels - local, state and federal - must now be able to deliver services and information anytime, anywhere.

The case for Smart Cities/ Smart Government is motivated by:

  • the ubiquity of mobile technology use in the U.S.
  • opportunities to use mobile technologies to improve the efficiency of service delivery in government
  • innovations in mobile technologies that can fuel innovation in new government services and delivery of those services
  • the need for improved transparency through increased access to government data and information

The benefits of Smart Cities / Smart Government include:

  • Helps front-line workers do more with less in the face of shrinking workforce and budgets, but allows them to increase their productivity at the same time
  • Transformation / modernization of public sector organizations
  • Added convenience and flexibility
  • Makes citizen interaction with government easier; requiring less of their time, money and effort
  • Ability to reach larger numbers of people than would be possible thru all other means available
  • Better city planning and development
  • Increased waste management effectiveness
  • Improved mobility, water and energy management
  • Citizens become part of the solutions; mobile/wireless technologies enable a shift from one-way service delivery to a more collaborative model of service; citizens play a more active role rather than being passive recipients, thereby transforming delivery

Why MTAM has formed a Smart Cities / Smart Government Advisory Council:

As part of MTAM's effort to address the challenges around mGovernment efforts and ensure that Michigan is leading the way in local, state, national and international initiatives driving growth in this sector, the trade association has activated a statewide Smart Cities / Smart Government Advisory Council. This council is tasked with assisting the trade association with development of resources, events, policy recommendations, strategies, and educational / networking opportunities for those working in local, state or federal government and with mobile/wireless technologies interested in providing services to the government sector.
The overriding goal of the advisory council is to facilitate the use of Smart Cities / Smart Government initiatives to drive improved access to and performance of government entities. 

MTAM Smart Cities/Smart Government Advisory Council Objectives:

  • Providing recommendations to government entities regarding: policies, strategies, security issues, resources, etc.
  • Assist MTAM in the development and implementation of strategies that will increase the use of mobile/wireless technologies by government entities
  • Identify training needs that will benefit the government community and the mobile/wireless community related to Smart Cities/ Smart Government initiatives
  • Examine proposed and existing Smart Cities / Smart Government regulations; recommend positions MTAM should consider supporting and provide information as to the reason for that recommendation
  • Identify information that is recommended for dissemination to MTAM membership
  • Assist MTAM in developing a database of Smart Cities / Smart Government expert speakers that the association may refer for speaker requests
  • Identify Michigan-based Smart Cities / Smart Government mobile/wireless services providers that may be recommended in-state and nationally
  • Promote MTAM resources to Smart Cities / Smart Government-focused members of the government and mobile/wireless industries to facilitate new business opportunities, education, talent recruitment, etc.
  • Facilitate relationships for MTAM within the government and mobile/wireless communities
  • Promote MTAM content in social media and promote events sponsored by the trade association to the government and mobile/wireless communities
  • Other items as defined by the council which may be beneficial to MTAM and its mission of growing the use of mobile/wireless technologies within government
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