How is digital transformation in the public sector? What are some governments doing to help their citizens, employees, and nations alike? Let us know more about that below.
Digital Transformation in the Public Sector
In the public sector, digital transformation is once again a major topic. In a global environment where a highly skilled workforce can work from anywhere, and with the ever-growing speed of communication and digital innovation, we are seeing a slow but steady increase in people working from home, telecommuting, or working remotely.
That is why today we are seeing a higher emphasis on collaboration and digital transformation. This is especially true in the public sector, where governments and their leaders are looking for ways to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of government agencies, as well as services for citizens. One example of that is the rise of “smart cities.” But what are these?
Digital Transformation in the Public Sector: Smart Cities
What are smart cities? A smart city is a city that makes use of digital technologies and information and communication technologies (ICT). This is to improve the city’s performance, efficiency, and overall quality of life and livability for its residents.
So how do smart cities work? Well, first, you have to understand how a city works. At its core, a city is a highly complex system. To provide the city’s residents with services and deliver on promises to make life better, cities rely on several systems that connect them all. These systems allow for transportation, water management, electricity, waste management, healthcare services, education, entertainment, and more.
These systems are designed to work in a certain way – they are defined by rules and regulations that help them function as a whole. That is why a city is so complex – it is made up of many components that have been developed independently of each other over time, without regard for the others.
A smart city takes this complexity into account. To deliver on its promise of improving quality of life for its citizens, it must be able to integrate all these systems seamlessly – from water management to traffic control – into one network that works as one system – a smart system – that allows the city to function as intended.
What Are The Benefits of Smart Cities?
The greatest is Improved livability. The more people can do with their time within the city (and its surroundings), the better their lives are. For example, if there is less congestion (and thus less waiting time), people can do more during their free time. If there is better water management (no big floods or droughts), then people will be less worried about having enough water
Further, if there is no downtime in public utilities (water supply or electricity), people will not feel like they are living under constant threat. If public transportation is automated (like driverless cars) then people will spend less time commuting between work and home. If healthcare services can be delivered remotely (e.g., through telemedicine), then people will not have to travel long distances just to see their doctor or receive treatment.
So, what are you looking forward to in a smart city?