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Strategy 21: Develop Smart City Infrastructure

Meeting community goals using technology is not just about the technical tools that address community issues and meet community goals. There is an array of structural processes that have emerged in smart cities globally, which speed and facilitate adoption of solutions. Key among these is the concept of governance, which is a methodology that defines the responsibilities, accountabilities and processes for designing and executing smart city objectives.

Strategic Actions

  1. Review the smart city governance models of other cities, and devise a Metro Government-centered governance structure to coordinate, collaborate, manage and audit the direction of smart city initiatives.
  2. Adopt the recommendations of the Connected Nashville Technical Standards committee regarding Analytics, Interoperability, Security, and Infrastructure standards as common practice for Metro IT systems procurements and development.
  3. Continue to develop the Information Security Management program mandated by Mayor Barry’s Executive Order #34 and directed by Metro’s Chief Information Security Officer to manage the current technology environment as well as the radically connected environment envisioned through the use of smart city technologies.
  4. Form a working group of department heads and interested members of the public to investigate the implications of privacy for Metro Government and its residents in a connected and data driven world, and propose actions and policy to address as findings dictate.
  5. Establish one or more test beds in the Metro Government right-of-way and/or on Metro property to allow for centralized, real-world testing of technologies by university partners and potential vendors, with the active participation of Metro departments and agencies.
  6. Develop public-private partnerships and leverage these to establish a Smart City technology demonstration lab within a central Metro Government facility that will allow elected officials, department and agency executives, Metro staff and vendors, as well as members of the public to see smart city technologies in action and to understand their impact on Metro operations.
  7. Embrace Metro Government’s annual Public Investment Plan (PIP) process, which provides Metro departments and agencies, along with partners inside and outside of Metro Government, the opportunity to present innovative ideas in a “shark tank”-like process and receive funding through Metro’s annual budget.
  8. Investigate innovative methods of expediting, testing and exploring proofs of concepts for smart city technologies by forming a working group of interested small businesses, focused on potential technology partners, to benchmark peer cities and create recommendations for Metro.
  9. Explore the work done in other peer and larger cities who have sought to expedite and enhance the procurement process through a Public Private Partnership Office.

Case Study

Category: Smart Innovations

Building a Template for Smart City Solutions

City Innovate Foundation's purpose is to tackle city challenges with the use of data and technology, in a process that develops, tests, and shares potential solutions. The organization’s goal is to "codify, share, and scale best practices in innovation and technology as they are developed in leading cities and government agencies across the world”.

Learn: City Innovate Foundation

Explore: Startup in Residence Network