Making Smart City Simple. Resiliency for the “New Normal” World

August 10 – 4:15 pm to 5:00 pm
Castle Peak

Learn how converged and intelligent infrastructure are vital to transforming our cities, utility agencies, and urban fabric. Gain a crystal-clear understanding of how progressive communities and utility agencies are aligning efforts across multiple priorities to reduce costs, enable economic development, and create the foundation to support these radical changes. Come for a glimpse of the future, and leave with an understanding of the steps you must take to position your community for the impact of these exciting new technologies.


Local governments have always been at the forefront of three previous industrial revolutions – Steam Power, Electricity, and Computers – and each has had profound consequences on the fabric of our community.  Unknown to many, a “Fourth Industrial Revolution” is now well underway, and we now are entering the third generation of Smart Cities – which is now widely regarded as not only sustainable but one capable of offering unprecedented opportunities.

For years, community assets like water infrastructure, rights-of-way, streetlights, traffic signals, buildings, and other public works systems have each served a single purpose.  With the coming of 5G telecommunications and high-speed connectivity, assets like these are now taking on critical new roles by dramatically improving the potential services you can offer to your constituents and customers.

Now, with communities struggling to create a post-pandemic normal, the benefits of Smart City technologies are even more apparent – and the need to fully virtualize critical functions has crystalized as a primary benefit.  Cities will need to enhance their resiliency, add layers of redundancy and most importantly – re-configure their systems to operate “virtually everything – virtually.”

Still, as is true with many partnerships, there may be a downside – public agencies don’t always control or even guarantee access to private data.

More recently, the threat of cyber hacks – as was seen in the February 2021 attack on the Oldsmar Florida water treatment plant – may infiltrate government systems, compromise private information, and compromise the safety of its water.


Most importantly, small and large cities alike understand there can be incredible value in expanding their smart city technologies and intelligent infrastructure.

For example, along with the private sector, many cities are now deploying millions of miles of fiber optics and sensors to enhance the data collection and truly transform the lives and urban fabric itself.  Likewise, telecommunications infrastructure, including 5G, sensors, and control systems, are being deployed in public/private partnership constructs with shared infrastructure.

Clearly, the data, and ultimately the underlying technology, is becoming increasingly converged and useful – in an unprecedented way – in partnership with the private sector.  As a result, many cities are re-defining their futures, justifying and monetizing their investments, deriving millions in new revenues, and in some cases even creating self-funding smart city initiatives.

Learning Objectives:

After this session, you will be better able to:

  1. Understand the coming Fourth Industrial Revolution and its impact on community fabric.
  2. Identify converging, merging, and EMERGING technologies and discover how to repurpose your utility systems and transportation infrastructure systems to “Future-Proof” your city.
  3. Evaluate the cost, benefits, consequences, challenges, and opportunities inherent in emerging technologies.
  4. Develop Big Picture Goals and Department level roles. Understand how to eliminate the high cost, and extensive resistance baked into traditional departmental thinking now in use in most cities.
  5. Understand the current phase of Smart City technologies – open public source, blended with municipal data and services – in partnership with the private sector with opportunities for revenue generation, economic development, and transformation of your urban fabric.


Dave Zelenok

HR Green: Manager of Local Government Services

Ed Barrett

HR Green: Practice Leader, Fiber & Broadband Services