Driven by citizen expectations and the need to do more with less, governments are working to transform their communities into digital ones. This transformation is powering the concept of smart communities. This concept involves harnessing data from across government and using it to improve citizen services and overall quality of life in a community. A smart community can improve safety, keep sensitive information protected, enable efficient resource allocation, control costs, enhance citizen engagement, trust and experience and address issues before they have an adverse impact on citizens.
But many state and local agencies lack the ability to truly instantiate their vision of a smart community across their jurisdictions, as promising as it is. Why? After years of building special-purpose applications in silos, governments find themselves managing portfolios crammed with redundant systems that can’t share data holistically or integrate business functions.
That's why GovLoop and Splunk, a leader in real-time data analytics and Operational Intelligence, have partnered to offer this industry perspective. In the following pages, we’ll take a look at what a smart community means, and how data, a secure infrastructure and network, and a holistic approach are critical to this vision. We’ll also share insights from Ashok Sankar, Director of Solutions Strategy, and Daniel Brady, Industry Program Lead, both from Splunk.