Digital technologies are the lifeblood of today’s cities. They are applied widely in industry and society, from information and communications technology to the Internet of Things to provide real-time feedback from city services. As sensors turn everyday objects into an urban intelligence network, and as computing advances enable real-time analysis of sensor data, government employees and officials gain ever-expanding insight into the infrastructure and services of their city.
Citizens drive such innovation and interconnectivity, meaning city systems have another essential component: engagement. Thus, these systems must be trusted, connected and adaptive based on personal data and citizens’ ever-changing needs. This leads to an extension of local government’s community reach by enabling more automated services while reducing the staff-assisted ones.
However, such interconnectivity makes a city’s intelligence network a target for those who wish to profit from its data or cause harm. An urban intelligence network must be interconnected, secured and monitored to help enable service access and protect citizens at all times.
The goal of the Smart Cities Platform from CA is to create a secure environment for local applications and data, configured to provide deep visibility into application traffic and load tested to help ensure everything works when needed. Critical factors to consider in this solution include department control and capabilities, ease of adoption, and the security and availability of local systems.
The Smart Cities solutions fall into four categories: security, availability, interoperability and testing. Together, the packaged solution will prevent disruption of a city’s communication chain via brute force or insider attack, pinpoint performance degradation or application failure to assist with remediation and provide full testing capabilities to help ensure performance under load. The solutions will be configured to function with an array of city systems to speed integration, reduce cost and help enable compliance with the ability to run on premises, in the cloud or in a hybrid mode.