Digital City: Opportunities

The topic of ‘Digital Cities’ encompasses many things omnipresent in our daily lives. Simple examples are traffic surveillance cameras, flight scheduling, looking up what time the store closes via Google Maps, looking up GPS information, on demand weather info and the list goes on. But the intricacy of connectivity and the constant sharing and availability of hundreds of other types of content, provided by citizens themselves, can make Digital Cities not only more complete and complex but also more helpful.

When we think of Digital Cities, there is a tendency to imagine a futuristic environment where cars hover at the height of skyscrapers and humans and robots cohabitate. It seems a very distant fictional future, but worldwide countries have come to the realization that that “future” is actually already here.

The concept of Digital Cities is not just about a grim apocalyptic high-tech future where you are no longer in control. It rather is about taking back the control of the technology that runs our daily lives and using it to improve the world we live in, starting with the country or city we live in.
Additionally it also involves an increased awareness of how we interact with mass media and how much information we are actually spoon-feeding to giant internet enterprises through the guise of social media and fun apps.

The convergence of technological advancements into the Internet of Things (IoT) is invoking a fundamental shift which has put countries worldwide on a new course or heading towards it. The pace, social reach and personal impact on citizens of this trajectory is way beyond what has ever been witnessed or even imagined.
Leading up to a “fourth industrial revolution”, this convergence is characterized by a fusion of new technologies quickly blurring the lines between the physical and digital worlds. The first three industrial revolutions were mechanization, electrification, and computerization. The fourth is the vast and increasing interconnectedness of everything, typifying the age of digital transformation.

How can we benefit from digital transformation opportunities

What is important in this context is how the drivers of change (IoT, Big Data growth, Cloud computing, Virtual coding, Smart technology & Cyber security) are recognized and how to respond to them. How do we grasp the opportunities afforded to us by new technology (the digital worlds) and put them to use in solving some of the many challenges faced by the human race? For example in Curaçao. In particular, how do we create better societies by shaping infrastructure and aligning it to citizens’ needs?
There is a great responsibility resting on the shoulders of those who possess the power to implement and accelerate the use of technology. From an infrastructure perspective there are many great opportunities presented by the digital transformation. For example, virtual reality already offers us ways of modelling the real world accurately in all its many dimensions and then, using real time data from IoT, to continuously improve, model changes, and predict outcomes.

However, we must ensure that we concentrate on what we want this digital transformation to deliver for ourselves and our society at large. What benefits do we want to derive from it and for whom? We need to stay increasingly more conscious of these outcomes and actively manage them, as it is already clear that technological advancements are changing behaviors and changing people. What is next is digital advancement and innovation becoming more cooperative and be more “from the people and for the people”.

In order to meet our digital responsibility an educational revolution must be encouraged, which will help ensure a maximum utilization and manageability of technology with an emphasis on people, working to safeguard that the huge opportunities for a positive societal impact are kept in clear view.

Digital transformation: a more connected future

A connected future will not just impact citizens’ lives. Businesses can unleash unprecedented insight and innovation propelling our small economy to new heights. Decision makers in all sectors of business as well as governmental institutions will be able to access and analyze information they need faster than ever before to drive desired business outcomes and service objectives, including the reduction of operational risk, achieving nimble supply chains and delivering unsurpassed customer experience.

Achieving digital transformation in our increasingly connected world doesn’t come without its challenges. We find ourselves in an era of unprecedented hyper-connectivity that demands real-time enterprise strategies. This involves companies needing to store and process larger volumes of data than ever before, while still having access to immediate, actionable insights. Additionally, complex networks of distributed data from a widening array of sources (such as sensors, social networks and systems of record) can make this an even more daunting task for organizations as their data volumes increase.

To stay ahead of our connected world it will take overcoming these hurdles and achieving overall digital transformation with solutions which can turn large volumes of distributed data into business context with speed and agility and having processes and platforms in place that enable real-time enterprise. The question is, are we prepared to capitalize on our connected future?

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