How do you systematically leverage an organically built heterogeneous sensor footprint deployed in your city infrastructure, and controlled by multiple operational IT systems with limited inter-operability? What if this issue is further precipitated by a large group of willing services and solutions partners wanting to deploy more new sensors and technology for every conceivable use case? To address these challenges and more, the City of San Jose chose to take a step back approach and decided to tackle this challenge holistically through its first ever Smart City IoT Strategy.
In our efforts to plan and build the 21st century digital infrastructure and Smart City IoT ecosystem, we have developed an IoT Strategy that is both people-driven and benefits-centric. We have taken a balanced approach between building foundational capabilities to be “brilliant at the basics”, and deploying “visible IoT use cases” that solve existing city problems and have clear community benefits. In the process, we built our own “IoT guiding principles” that serves as our North Star in making technology choices and directing our IoT use case prioritization. In this session we will share how San Jose plans to utilize this balanced approach for Smart City IoT Strategy execution.