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What are smart cities?

Imagine a city where...

  • The daily commute is shortened by 15-30 minutes.

  • Emergency response times are cut by 25-30 percent.

  • Time spent interacting with healthcare and government is reduced by 45-60 percent.

  • 100 percent of your community’s students have access to digital education tools.

  • Water consumption is lowered by as much as 20–30 percent.

  • Digital communities drive increased citizen engagement.

What is a smart city? A smart city delivers intelligent capabilities and improves quality of life for its constituents by using technology to respond, in real-time, to its ever-changing environment. A smart city can have a profound impact in areas such as economic development, transportation, utilities and public safety. Together, we can improve the lives of those who live, work and play in your community, making the possibility of progress achievable for all.

Smart City Framework

The most fundamental investment for the smart cities is the underlying technology infrastructure. For more information on Smart City Infrastructure, download the executive brief.

Spectrum partners with cities in four vital areas to build smart cities of tomorrow. To learn more, click on any of the four areas below.

Economic Development
& Civic Engagement

A digitally-connected city can improve the lives of all its constituents. By empowering a strong, civic-minded community and increasing economic activity, we can create stable, engaged communities that offer greater opportunities for everyone. Residents, local businesses and community leaders can unite to build the cities they envision: a vibrant place to work and live—and one that every resident is proud to call home.

Utilities &

Access to energy, clean water and fresh air is vital to the quality of life in any community. Through technology, a municipality can better manage and conserve these precious resources. Low-cost sensors embedded in municipal water systems and trash bins allow monitoring to reduce waste. Over time, data can be used to develop new conservation programs and help communities make smarter decisions that ensure sustainable growth and development.


Improving transportation times is one of the foundational building blocks of a smarter city. Through data analysis and traffic pattern monitoring, real-time responsiveness can alleviate road congestion as incidents arise. Safer roadway systems that operate more efficiently and reliably encourage interest in the use of public transportation, helping reduce your city's overall carbon emissions and increase productivity previously lost to long commutes.

Public safety

Public safety begins by preventing and de-escalating crime and other incidents whenever possible. Using advanced and secure video, sensor and communication systems to proactively monitor public spaces and police-encountered situations, communities benefit from increased trust in law enforcement and a more productive police presence. Investing in public safety lays the groundwork for constituent peace of mind and a stable, cohesive community.

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