Public Engagement and the Internet of Things

Rancho Cucamonga mayor L. Dennis Michael considers the “limitless” possibilities that the Internet of Things presents for engaging communities and improving city services:

In my city, Rancho Cucamonga, we are asking ourselves how we can make more use of technology in serving the public — and how that intersects with the Internet of Things. For example, what if streetlights had multiple uses? In addition to lighting the streets, they could perhaps be used as signal beacons to report incidents or they could self-report when the light stops working and needs replacing.

If there are no boundaries to the functionality of our infrastructure, what might we envision?

Read more at Western City here. For more tips and information on using technology to increase transparency and community engagement check out this brief by the Institute for Local Government.

Contributor: Benjamin Peterson, Pepperdine School of Public Policy Alumnus, MPP ’16. 

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