Five-part Blog Series on Smart Cities

Black and Veatch

Five-part Blog Series

This is a five-part series on Smart Cities from our partners at Black and Veatch, originally published between October 16-20, 2016. For more information on Smart City solutions from Black and Veatch, visit BV.com.

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Ecosystems Enable Urban Evolution

Ecosystems Enable Urban Evolution

The ecosystem concept, once confined to its biological origins, has found new life in the smart city.

When natural systems begin to evolve, there is at first low diversity and complexity. Over time, diversity expands, system interactions get more complex, and cooperation is necessary to ensure the success of the community.

Similarly, early smart city programs consisted of a limited number of participants and technologies. Many were top-down efforts that emphasized using technology to help city systems operate more efficiently. Over time, communications networks and the Internet of Things (“IOT”) expanded connectivity across sectors, assets and citizens. Accordingly, the range of smart solutions and participants has skyrocketed, and smart city silos are giving way to collaborative arrangements across sectors, solution providers, stakeholder groups and infrastructure assets.

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