Smart Cities

Are you a city leader who is eager to improve livability, workability, and sustainability?

Not only do we at Extreme Endeavors develop technology, but we are also keen to help you create a vision for the future of your own city. Equally importantly, it will help you build an action plan to get to that better future.

Do you have a “vision” of a smart city? Extreme Endeavors can help you understand how technology will transform the cities of tomorrow.

Do you need help constructing a roadmap to that future? Extreme Endeavors can help you outline the goals to which you should aspire, the features and functions you should specify, and the best practices that will gain you the maximum benefits for the minimum cost, at the least risk.

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Cities around the world are already making tremendous progress in achieving economic, environmental and social sustainability, in export-based initiatives and in the creation of 21st century jobs. All of these are excellent ways to improve city living standards and economies. The concept of smart cities is not in competition with [SB1] these efforts. Instead, smart city technologies can support and enhance work already underway.

Most smart city development has occurred with large cities such as Napoli in Italy, London in England, and Strasbourg in France. Extreme Endeavors’ goal is to not only work with larger cities, but also to help smaller cities and communities adapt to these smart principles.

A city isn’t smart because it uses technology or because of its size. A city is smart because it uses technology to make its citizens’ lives better. Extreme Endeavors understand turning a smart city into reality.

We will utilize examples from visionaries who – centuries ago – saw possibilities for civic betterment and made it happen. Way before the phrase “urban sprawl” had entered our psyche, these visionaries saw open spaces for public use. Think of Hyde Park in London, Central Park in Manhattan, or Ueno Park in Tokyo.

Buildings, energy, communication, transportation, water, waste water, waste management, health, human services and public safety [SB2] are all items that we must take into account when developing a smart city.


Benefits of Smart Cities

One of the main benefits of smart cities, livability, will mean different things to different people because we all define quality of life in different ways. The smart city will revolutionize people’s relationship with their government by providing instant, electronic access to the information people need, the services they require, and the interaction they want with officials.

Improving city services will come from sharing data between departments and with outside developers who can innovate with new applications. Examples of “Open Data” programs have resulted in applications such as trip planners, parking spot finders, bus locators, crime reporting and alerts, and business planning tools.

The ability to alert citizens to fires, floods, air quality issues[SB3] , public disturbances, pipeline leaks, downed electricity lines, chemical spills, snowstorms and snow plows, metro lines and bus locations enhances the city’s operational ability and improves health and public safety. One prime example of this is when on June 29, 2012, West Virginia was hit by the Derecho storm. An estimated 672,000 were left without power, and trees blocked every road. The resourcefulness of the citizens working together allowed West Virginia to recover in an unprecedentedly short period of time. The smart city concept can help to unite people to work together in times of natural disasters.

Citywide situational awareness arising from the smart city mindset will also allow you to visualize your city’s traffic, energy, gas and water networks, so you can best ensure the reliability and resiliency of those essential services.

Lastly, every city needs businesses whose tax base and people-hiring drive the local economy. Businesses demand more efficient transportation networks, a more reliable and cost-effective energy grid, and more advanced emergency services. A city needs to have reliable cost effective infrastructure to help attract businesses which leads to growth.  

In Summary

A smart city is a system of systems, including, but not limited to, water, power, transportation, emergency response, and built environment. Each of these systems affects all the others. The ability to merge multiple data streams and analyze them for optimization has enabled new levels of presentation, perfection and prediction, all geared towards enhancing the livability, workability and sustainability of a smart city.

 

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