The Smarter Cities conference has breakout sessions, as you would expect, on the “subsystems” of cities – transportation, health, education, and so on. I was reminded yesterday, in a preparatory discussion on public safety, that a main idea here is that there are important linkages between these subsystems.
Our discussion moved from new approaches in law enforcement and emergency response to the importance of safe streets to our educational systems, and from there to the contribution that education makes to safer communities, and then back again…
Of all the capabilities that being “smarter” provides, one of the most important is to be able to look across the subsystems, make connections, test hypotheses, take action. It’s natural enough to take separate looks at each subsystem, at least to start. But perhaps really new (smart) insights will come from the (more, or less obvious) linkages that we can find. I’ll be looking for those in particular as this event rolls forward.