Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure is exhibiting and presenting at the Smart City Expo World Congress this week in Barcelona. As the leading international event for smart cities, the annual expo draws hundreds of smart and safe city solution providers from around the world. Many of whom, are developing technologies for just about any governmental or city agency. It’s a place where attendees will find some great solutions in the session halls and expo floor.
However, no single device, application, or solution can make a city smarter or safer. The truth is: smart and safe Cities achieve transformational advances by overcoming information, process, and technology siloes, enhancing what’s gone before and delivering entirely new capabilities and services. To enable these benefits, cities must accommodate diversity among organizations and IT environments.
So what does that mean? It means focusing on technologies that can serve as components of a wider information architecture in addition to their established roles and capabilities. It means creating a safe city strategy based on a framework that is inclusive, flexible, and transformational, both operationally and technically. What it doesn’t mean is bolting on solutions that increase technical debt because they make today’s problems disappear. Technology is change and tomorrow is a new day with new problems.
Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure’s Safe City Framework offers flexibility to support solutions that advance capabilities, while being practical to implement within new or existing city ICT infrastructure. Our framework and solutions are designed to eliminate data and process fragmentation, duplication, and conflict, while also reducing the total cost of ownership for investments.
Supported by an extensive technology and implementation partner ecosystem, and with safe city-ready components that advance city capabilities, our Safe City Framework breaks down silos by supporting different data, systems, and processes. It addresses the individual needs and experiences of users, supports flexible deployment of integrated capabilities, and accommodates growing agency requirements. It also adheres to best practices and industry standards for COTS products, making it a sustainable solution that can serve city agencies for years to come.
If you’re at the Smart City Expo World Congress, I encourage you to visit our exhibit area, where we are showcasing our safe city capabilities. We’re also exhibiting alongside our partners Microsoft and Huawei. Or you can visit our Safe Cities solution page and learn how our framework helps cities and agencies improve operations, increase citywide collaboration, expand stakeholder engagement, and modernize services.
Kalyn Sims is the chief technology officer of Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure. Her focus is on the growth and development of new product offerings and innovative technology. Sims joined the organization in 2011 through an acquisition of her company, Denali Solutions, which she founded in 2000. Prior to founding Denali Solutions, Sims worked as a management consultant and software engineer for several corporations, including Booz, Allen & Hamilton, and Thermo Electron. She holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a master’s in business administration.