ScottMadden: The Smart City Opportunity for Utilities

There are many technologies that can be considered elements of a potential smart city plan, energy—given its technological maturity, pervasive application, and existing infrastructure—is often a good point of focus for city planners, according to this study by consulting firm ScottMadden.

“Energy utilities possess a physical network with a ubiquitous footprint underpinned by a data control network. Most smart city visions call for one or both of these network capabilities,” the report reads. “It may be less efficient for the city to build a data network from scratch than to piggyback on the utility data network already in place.

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