Smart Cities: Fulfilling The Promise Of Technology In Local & State Government

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As economic uncertainty and turmoil spread throughout the world, Technocrats call for the demise of Free Enterprise and Capitalism and salvation through implementation of technology and Technocracy. Virtually all underlying assumptions are flawed, if not altogether false. ⁃ TN Editor

The global economy is in constant turmoil, governments are challenged to provide levels of service that typically only private businesses can provide and disruptive technologies are transforming industry at a rapid pace. In this bold new era where change is unavoidable it is the innovative who are positioned to surely thrive.

In 2008, the global economy fell into recession; it was the most significant downturn since the Great Depression. Recovery has been a long and exasperating struggle; at times feeling like we are clinging to the edge of a cliff, desperately trying to hold on and weather-the-storm.

Some economists even predict we are on the verge of another global recession. Foreign and domestic factors are both significant contributors to the swelling pessimism; there is the unpredictability of Trump’s Tweets, the looming collapse of the Euro, the astonishingly low cost of crude oil, student loan debts suffocating young adults who are unable to contribute to economic growth and let’s not forget about the dreaded silver tsunami.

It’s fair to say the economic outlook for the United States and Canada is unsettling. As a result of financial uncertainty many government agencies across North America are seeing their budgets tightened, while expectations from constituents continue to rise. The public opinion towards government processes, civic services and budgetary spending has become progressively more volatile in recent years.

So, how does one do more with less? Well, when you consider that we live in a world where virtual reality, 3D printing, quadcopters, pocket-sized spectrometers, and self-driving cars are no longer simply things of science fiction, the answer may be staring us directly in the face.

“Enterprise-level technologies that help governments serve their constituents with greater efficiency have existed for years; however, it isn’t until more recently that these powerful solutions have become more attainable to governments of any size” said Derek Porter, Business Development Representative at zedIT Solutions, an E-Government Consulting Firm. “We feel privileged to be at the forefront of the E-Government revolution and to be given the continued opportunity to collaborate with local and state governments and world-class software publishers, in developing and implementing functionally robust yet streamlined technology solutions for public sector agencies across North America.”

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