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We’ve all heard various iterations and slogans used (Safe, Smart, Connected, Converged, etc.) describing the “City of Tomorrow”, yet how many of these “blueprints” actually show us HOW to build this ecosystem, much less how to fund such an undertaking?
Call it what you will, be it “Smart”, “Safe”, “Connected” or simply “Modern”, the true City of Tomorrow is one that sees the benefit of leveraging existing investments, sharing in infrastructure, reducing cost and improving service.
Smart Cities come with a series of building blocks and here are just 3:
Rather than reinventing the wheel, city planners and stakeholders should become aware of what we as an industry are striving to put in place and educate these constituents on how Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) is the catalyst for building a Smart City ecosystem. The Unify NG9-1-1 solution is able to define city, regional and statewide roadmaps for smarter, safer and more refined communication solutions.
To keep a city on track, you need a solution such as Atos’ innovative CityPulse program to be able to gather and analyze data from multiple sources to provide intelligence which enables the city to make more informed decisions.
For city managers and citizens, the Atos CityCockpit provides an open data portal for better engagement and a reduced cost
While there are many views as to what may define a true “Smart City”, Unify and Atos have aligned a standards-oriented blueprint driving a nationwide mission-critical transformation to power Smart City Innovation.
Join us for an in-depth view of how these solutions are being used to define city, regional and statewide roadmaps for Smarter, Safer and more refined Communication Solutions at http://smartcitiesinnovation.com/.
Anyone will tell you that a successful partnership needs a strong element of reward and recognition. And we did exactly that at last week’s UK&I partner forum, held at Milton Keynes stadium. The awards acknowledge the success of Unify’s regional channel partners over the past year as well as individuals who made significant contributions to the region’s unified communication and collaboration industry during 2016.
Congratulations to all the winners and we look forward to continued success..
This year, there were a total of nine award categories:
In our recent “The Way We Work” survey of 9000 knowledge workers, we found that over half of respondents work in virtual teams and that figure will only go up. With the rise of the “freelance economy”, those virtual team members will increasingly be from outside the organisation.
While these trends bring talent and fresh ideas into a business – they also present a challenge – how to collaborate effectively and seamlessly outside of the firewall.
The answer, very simply is Circuit. It quickly and seamlessly brings teams together to share ideas, knowledge and information. There’s no 16 digit pin, no installation (with a quick call to IT to give you access rights) – a team member adds you to the conversation and you’re in!
Want to do more? Check out our new video – Circuit in under 3 minutes…
In Part 2 of our recent “The Way We Work” webinar – Andrew Cheel shares an insight into Unify’s own flexible working journey as well as providing some important advice when starting your digital transformation.