Smart transit system. Intelligent, connected infrastructure. Citizen-centric, next-gen applications. No, we’re not talking about Dubai, New York City or London. We’re talking about the rose capital of the United States: the small town of Tyler, Texas.
Small Town, Big Digital Transformation
Tyler began its digital transformation journey about 10 years ago. But its leaders believed Tyler’s citizens deserved more than the digital status quo. They believed technology innovation had the power to improve lives and bring their community closer together.
Government Services Get Smart
The Boston Consulting Group expects spending on IoT by governments to increase from $5 billion in 2015 to $12 billion in 2020.
IoT has the potential to transform public sector operations at municipal, regional and national levels. These public entities can leverage the power of connected things to meet the needs of a population that is increasingly reliant on digital services and interactivity.
The applications are almost limitless: street lighting that responds to pedestrian traffic levels; smart garbage cans that prompt rubbish collection when it is needed; parking space alert services; and interactive information services for tourists, pushed to their smartphones, among many others.
Tyler, Texas, is on the bleeding edge of smart city innovation and adoption:
- Traffic lights.
- Public transportation.
- Police and fire services.
Future-Ready Schools for a Future-Ready Workforce
Tyler Independent School District (ISD) prepares K-12 students for the future of work by incorporating technology into the learning experience very early. Students use the newest digital tools inside and outside the classroom, thanks to the ISD’s virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). This mobile technology enhances education and prepares students for real-world careers.
IT Takes a Village
Community means more than a town. Community is about fostering relationships–and helping neighbors in need. To help its neighbors realize the value of digital transformation, the city of Tyler reaches out a helping hand.
“We’re partnering with some of our neighboring cities to provide them with IT services. Being the larger city in the area, we have the size and staff to be able to utilize these private cloud technologies,” says Jeremy English, Tyler’s IT infrastructure manager. “We’re bringing the big-city technology to all the small towns in the area.”
Digital Transformation in the Heart of Texas
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