Digital transformation: Connecting the city to respond to people’s needs

American cities are currently on the edge of the biggest changes in local and state government since the reforms of Tammany Hall 125 years ago.

Innovators across a wide range of various political beliefs and practical expertise, including politicians (republican or democrat), activists, businessmen, and nonprofit organizations are currently revolutionizing the concept of local government.

This revolution in governmental participation couldn’t come fast enough for Americans, many of whom have been deeply suspicious of the government until now.

Digital transformation: Connecting the city to respond to people's needs

Fortunately, the forces that overwhelm traditional governments, such as demographic changes, the complexity of problems that need to be resolved, and the mountains of data that need to be analyzed, are spurring profound changes in the way of governing that force the inclusion of non-traditional entities rather than just the political ones because they provide strong incentives to change.

Modernizing local government has become a necessity and it points to the interconnection of different governmental and social entities to resolve collective problems, generating more effective and less expensive governments.

The generation of data in a smart city modernizes the business-as-usual local governments that tend to decay. The advent of new technologies and new collective needs is slowly bringing about the conditions for change.

Moreover, the new generation of leaders motivated by new economic, population, environmental, and employment challenges, among others, is obligated to study new, more sustainable policies that are based on the use of new technologies.

In this sense, the use of a common data source to solve local government problems seems to be a mainstay in new and modern local government strategies.

The use of GPS and interconnection through smartphones, tablets, and computers allows them to plan the time needed to carry out different tasks and connect various public services to optimize their time and the quality of life for citizens.


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