On the quest to become “smart,” utilities, municipalities, and cities across the nation are constantly bombarded with technology and vendors promising to optimize efficiencies of services and improve the sustainability of their communities. Often times, the procurement of these technologies happens in silos. The water department gets one solution, the electric department gets another, waste department, another, etc.
While individual solutions may meet the needs of the departments they serve, they do not fall in line with the “Smart City” philosophy of interconnected systems and shared data. To be effective, a systems integration must take place.