Chris Turlica, CEO - MaintainX
In industrial facilities, the importance of preventive maintenance is well-understood. Sure, you could save a few bucks by skipping scheduled part inspections and replacements — but those parts would break sooner as a result, putting an expensive dent in your factory’s output. Instead of sparing the oil can, plant managers know it’s better to invest upfront, and keep their machinery in prime condition.
Unfortunately, America’s municipal leaders have sometimes lagged behind. For decades, cities have neglected routine maintenance in a bid to conserve cash. Inevitably, public services and infrastructure have suffered as a result. Full Article
Market forecasts paint a rosy picture of smart city investment, but many municipalities are slashing budgets, laying off workers and cutting services as the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic continues. To adapt to the budget shortfalls resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, smart city efforts must be more strategic, said Ruthbea Yesner, vice president of Government Insights and Smart Cities at IDC Government Insights. Full Article
A key lesson learned throughout 2020 is that nobody can predict the future, but that won't stop us from trying.
Though the COVID-19 pandemic upended countless municipal planning efforts, many trends that were expected to transform smart cities in 2020 still managed to take shape: the micromobility world saw consolidation, building electrification efforts took hold in California and car-free zones were certainly considered more widely — though not for reasons we had expected.
Still, the resilience shown by cities to pursue "smart city" efforts despite an unprecedented health crisis suggests even more growth will come in 2021. To gauge our readers' thoughts on this, Smart Cities Dive put out a call for expert predictions on what the new year will hold for local governments.
From electrification to digital twins and the "15-minute city," respondents shared a wide variety of trends to watch as we move into 2021.
The following responses have been edited for clarity and brevity. Full Article