Hayward, California needed an city network capable of scaling the services and applications to more effectively support staff and the public. At the same time, it needed a streamlined solution to reduce complexity and cost, enabling the city to focus resources on other critical projects. City leaders and IT professionals may want to review Hayward's decision to ensure a robust, more compact network architecture using a Cisco solution.
Examples and case studies
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.
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.