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In the beginning of this year our Public Sector teams released the “Frictionless Government”  digital white paper.  A new approach from those of the past with a focus on governments moving away from standardization toward simplification and innovation.  The thought of governments being simple let alone innovative was hard for me to embrace.  Well, hard until you gasp the idea that simplification and innovation are really digitization, and government is the best place to reimagine how to do it better.  Better predict risk and understand vulnerabilities to disasters and other extreme events. Build greater capacities to absorb future shocks and stresses; mitigate consequences.  In addition to reshaping policies, programs, and strategies to reduce local risks and deliver more resilient outcomes. Ultimately helping to save citizens’ lives, protect their property, and minimize economic losses.

So what better way to show government officials the benefits of digitalization then to create an innovation that would solve big problems with simple solutions.  Thinking in terms of Public Services we started by taking a deeper look in the example “Build Disaster Resilience” from our white paper, and creating a true digital innovation for todays cities.  The result is Digital Storm City.

This innovation covers an end-to-end digital scenario for Flood Management including interaction with constituents and city maintenance workers. The scenario shows the art of the possible using sensor data for a quick and easy solution to storm drain maintenance – a solution that can be adapted for other IoT sensor data such as street lights. A clear use of digitalization in the Public Sector to monetize the added value thru platform, IoT, and applications.

Please see our YouTube video for a better look or try the application on your iPad

Please let me know what you think.  Thanks, James

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