How flowthings.io's Agile Intelligence Helps Cities Operate Smarter


Rapid urbanization is placing significant strain on already stretched city resources and services and the ecosystems that support them.

In response, city leaders and their growing network of partners are turning to Smart Cities initiatives to transform their systems, services, and operations.

Smart Cities solutions leverage innovative digital technologies and real-time data to:

  • Enhance the lives of citizens
  • Address efficiency and effectiveness of city services
  • Improve the business climate for existing and new enterprises
  • Stabilize municipal finances
  • Make their cities and its regional neighbors more livable and sustainable

At the heart of Smart Cities initiatives is the availability of real-time data collected from numerous city systems. This includes data collected from city infrastructure, waste & wastewater management systems, water & energy utilities, transportation systems, and buildings.

Every city has valuable knowledges bases, both digital and human, which support ongoing operational activities and services – herein lies some of the most significant opportunities for smart cities as some of those operations have poor documentation and virtually no automation.

From public safety to education, urban planning and arts, city operations offer a treasure trove of Smart Cities inputs. Each of these departments currently operates, or has the potential to instrument, digitize, and integrate dozens of processes for maximum impact.

Within public safety, consider the rapid rise of mobile computing platforms, digital recording systems, GPS-enabled solutions in police cruisers, ePCR systems for ambulance fleets, and now, an ever-expanding suite of situational awareness tools for fire fighters. These are real time applications; many with sub-second latency requirements. Most of this data/intelligence must meet national security standards, such as DHS / FIPS 140.2 in the US.

Within city planning, transportation, and public works departments – integrated and co-located in myriad configurations – consider the financial implications of data integrity. Traffic management and public transportation are likely to experience another renaissance during the next decade. In the US, the Federal and State DoTs are investing hundreds of millions of dollars on IoT-enabled approaches for safer, cleaner, and more efficient urban, suburban, and exurban transportation systems.

Smart cities initiatives might as well be re-named Smart, Secure, Agile, Effective, Profitable.

For if they are not all of these, they will likely not exist at all.

Government systems are not the only legislatively required or operationally valuable public sector inputs in an effective smart cities solution. Federal, state and regional agencies present their data/reporting requirements and intelligence/value creation opportunities as well.

With the incorporation of citizen-supplied open-data streams, the possibilities of a new era of Smart Cities services and experiences seem endless.

Using flowthings.io, city software developers, including citizen developers, can rapidly build and deploy Smart Cities solutions in less time and cost. At the same time flowthings.io address the challenges of scalability, security, compliance, and data ownership.

flowthings.io enables Smart Cities solutions by providing cities with a Cloud Service that enables the rapid transformation of city, citizen, and third party data into operationally relevant intelligent actions using flowthings.io powered agile intelligence. That agile intelligence is enabling a broad range of local governments to realize their unique vision of ‘Smart’ data into intelligent action, while at the same time overcoming the challenges of scalability, security, compliance, and data ownership. Using flowthings.io, city software developers, including citizen developers, can rapidly build and deploy Smart Cities solutions in less time and cost.