Why San Diego wants to be a "system" (and why your city should too)

Wed, 2014-02-26 06:04 -- Jesse Berst
It's a truism that a smart city requires a holistic viewpoint, one that crosses departments and views the city as a whole. But what does that mean in practice? And how does one begin to take steps in that direction?

Council Lead Partner Microsoft and others offered some answers recently during a two-day meeting to brainstorm next steps for the City of San Diego. You'll want to read the full article, but here are some of the takeways I noticed. --  Jesse Berst

    • Get buy-in for the systems approach from the top. San Diego has launched an initiative called “Smart City: San Diego as a System” that has the full backing of Mayor Elect Kevin Faulconer.
    • Involve all the stakeholders, including the private and non-profit sectors. The Microsoft meeting, for instance, included CleanTECH San Diego, Downtown San Diego Partnership, OSIsoft, the Port of San Diego, Council Lead Partner Qualcomm, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and the San Diego Airport Authority as well as the city itself. 
    • Pick a starter project that requires a systems approach. San Diego first wants to provide real-time energy analytics to building owners. But then it wants to connect individual buildings into a single operational system, which will lower the individual and aggregate energy consumption and establish critical load reduction.
Jesse Berst is the founding Chairman of the Smart Cities Council. Click to learn about the benefits you receive when you join the Council for free.