California's Department of Water Resources needed to find an efficient way its personnel could access and manipulate large data sets and be able to share data outside the department, as it lacked the bandwidth for large file transfers and server virtualization. City leaders and IT personnel with similar challenges will find this case study detailing the Cisco "borderless collaboration" solution the department selected of interest.
Examples and case studies
In 2009, Vancouver, British Columbia Mayor Gregor Robertson put together a Greenest City Action Team. Its job was to construct a plan to transform Vancouver into the greenest city on earth. This document outlines the vision and may serve as a useful starting point to other cities getting started on a smart city path.
Vancouver, British Columbia wants to be the greenest city by 2020 and in 2009 began a process to get them there - the Vancouver Greenest City by 2020 Action Plan. The city regularly updates its goals and targets; this document is an example.
NetApp, a Sunnyvale, California company that creates storage and data management solutions, signed up for Pacific Gas & Electric's Demand Bidding Program, which means the utility pays NetApp to reduce its energy consumption during peak load "events." The company says it made enough in fees during initial load-shedding events to pay for Cisco Network Building Mediators which connect NetApp building systems and the utility's Demand Response Automation Server.
To streamline communications to police officers in the field and reduce costs, the city of Redlands equipped them with new touch-based smartphones and tablets. While they proved their value in everyday field operations, it soon became clear that their IT team needed a cohesive and centralized way to administer this mobility infrastructure and better support its users in the field. Officials in other cities may be interested in the solution Redlands chose and the benefits gained.