The selection of the Smart City network comes with significant risks for cities. Selecting proprietary technologies that are not always obvious can carry significant long-term risks due to the long asset life of city infrastructure:
- Economic hold-up risk
- Shortened asset lifecycle
- High switching costs
- High integration costs
- Cybersecurity risks
- Lower-than-expected project benefits
- Risk to project budget and timelines
- Lack of support for future Smart City applications
A secure, integrated, open standards-based Smart City network is the first step in implementing a Smart City vision. It can also reduce the costs of connected devices and sensors, and reduce cybersecurity risk.
CIOs in municipal organizations will benefit from understanding the evolution and current-state of street and area lighting technologies and standards. This Guide will help CIOs and their teams collaborate on network-connected Smart Street and Area Lighting and other Smart City initiatives within their organization.
This Guide is designed to help senior information technology professionals and their teams understand the key issues and technologies involved in the selection of Smart Street Lighting and outdoor Smart City network infrastructure.
A companion paper, “The Business Case for Smart Lighting-Enabled Smart City Networks” provides details on the economic costs and benefits discussed in this paper.