What makes us different ? We went about it differently.

Our approach at CitySys has been different from the beginning, defying the trend and we believe that our solution is one of the few that opted for a unique approach. When solving bottom-up interconnection issues, our solution recognizes the power of the cloud and big data, but also recognizes that performance will be significantly reduced or even eliminated if the edge layer is not properly set up and managed.

Our definition of interoperability and data orchestration is sometimes diluted by platform players who claim to provide the same. They do not provide. The general discussion on platform interoperability speaks of cloud interoperability. This is an extremely complex game that causes huge headaches for some of the most influential players, when trying to understand how to seamlessly integrate multiple platforms. The API is the talk of the day, with the current solution to this dilemma, but it’s simply not sustainable or practical.
On paper, this could look great if several platforms were integrated through the API and then connected to some ESBs through micro services, but I urge you to construct it all and take into account a small part that these people did not initially consider necessary – the edge layer.

This methodology is extremely dependent on smart sensor technology, which has the ability to print data to the cloud. There is a high dependence on networks and, as a result, “platforms” find it difficult to cope with marginal technologies. However, they still hope that a 5G, no, 20G network will solve this problem. Still, the focus has been on the cloud, and that’s understandable, especially if they (AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, …)  invested millions in cloud-dependent technology.

We went about it differently.

 We have been saying for some time that the EDGE layer strongly attacks and affects the CLOUD layer. We do not indicate that the cloud will lose its relevance. We say that the real IoT ecosystem will be less and less dependent on the cloud, and in fact the design of the ecosystem will rely heavily on the potential for effective synergies. Natural supervision, but a crucial detail that should be an integral part of the industry’s ability to commercialize in the near future. The IoT industry is hampered by the inability to create interconnection and interoperability at the EDGE layer. Properly designed state-of-the-art technology enables interoperability at the EDGE layer and, more importantly, the ability to retrofit and support older systems. Existing systems and deployments have been largely ignored, with current players relying on the “tear and replace” mentality that prevailed, and to some extent bothered the IT industry from the beginning, so she began to worry about how to proceed.

This mentality of the winner is not in line with the idea of ​​an interconnected world and certainly does not include the concept of true scalability. The fact that you want to tear out and replace existing technology and infrastructure on the road to digitization brings with it a huge amount of additional complexity, disruption and cost, which all makes it difficult to deploy IIoT technology and contributes to the slow adoption of Industry 4.0 as a revolution. So while “big dogs” are trying to figure out how they can evolve and secure technology connections to secure future returns, they are contributing to contradictory and unwanted news, they send to the market and reduce the value of IIoT technology as a tool to create real business value.

7 steps to becoming a smart city with CitySys

On the path to becoming a smart city with CitySys, the first steps are the most crucial to your project’s overall success. Use this seven-step process to ensure that you are engaging your residents when necessary while also effectively managing the elements of your plan that are within your control.

  1. Determine your immediate needs

Your community needs will drive which technologies and data you decide to collect first. As a city government, your priority may be anything from controlling local pest populations to improving transportation within city limits. You may even need a better system for managing existing assets. Review your existing processes and systems to identify areas that are in need of innovation, and create a preliminary wish list to inform your planning process.

Once you have conducted your audit, it is important to engage your community to determine what common pain points they are most vocal about. This can be done at a public forum or town hall meeting, or you can even hold a contest to determine the most innovative ideas that your citizens can come up with. Local insights will be invaluable as you decide where to most effectively allocate your resources, so get creative with how you solicit feedback.

  1. Define what your smart community will look like

To get your community on board with your vision and start winning champions to your cause, you need to ensure that everybody is working toward a consistent set of goals. Smart cities are meant to be population-centric, so your goals should be measured against the impact your services will have upon the daily lives of your constituents. You may even consider making a formal change to your city’s vision or mission statement to create a guiding light for your initial project and to provide a touchpoint to encourage future innovations.

  1. Identify your business model

Many cities have a grand vision of what their smart city could look like, but not all communities can fully implement smart technology on their own due to budgetary or personnel constraints. You may be able to build, own and operate your own system, or a full public-private partnership could be attractive. Evaluate all of your options, including any models that exist between the two, to determine an implementation model that makes the most sense for your city.

  1. Perform a gap analysis

In order to evaluate your existing infrastructure and identify the steps necessary to realize your vision, conduct a gap analysis. If you are unsure of how to get started, there are several templates and tools available online that can be found with a quick search. Focus on determining what types of data need to be collected, and be sure to identify the technologies you would like to use relatively early in your process. This way, you can identify the seams and overlaps between different systems, reducing the likelihood of incompatibility issues arising later in your implementation.

  1. Outline financing and budgets

While your budget will inform your implementation model as noted above, at this stage it is imperative to focus on short-term, mid-term and long-term implementation ranges. Now is also the time to build a business case for any efficiencies that you expect to gain through the implementation of smart technology. Even this far along in the process, it never hurts to be able to sell the benefits of your vision if called upon to do so.

  1. Capture the low-hanging fruit

With a clear view of your budget, identify and group existing assets that are readily scalable to city-wide use. For example, you may be able to integrate your existing transportation infrastructure with utilities and community services. This is the time to focus on the big picture, and you will want to have access to any data and visuals that will allow you to do that. Look to your geographic information system (GIS) or technology department to perform scenario analysis using digital mapping or similar platforms to understand potential areas where connectivity would be required and to identify weaknesses. Parcel data, zoning, and land use information available through location intelligence will all be vital when the time comes to scale your deployment following the pilot phase.

  1. Develop and implement pilot projects

When the time comes to deploy your new smart systems, be as targeted as possible with how you roll out your pilot program. Start small in order to better maximize learning opportunities and measure your early successes, and look for an early win you can use to create momentum and positive buzz in the community. Regularly review your smart city vision against the available data to ensure your plan will grow with your community’s needs. If you are struggling to replicate early successes as you expand your offering, then look for patterns in the data that may illuminate ways that you can do so. Ultimately, the long-term success or failure of any large-scale implementation of smart technology will be determine.

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