Brynhild Haugland Room
The main question that a government needs to ask themselves when looking at Smart Government: Why embrace the concept? Technology is becoming more pervasive, with very high levels of connectivity among organizations, individuals and devices, and an explosion of data that can be used to implement services that were unimaginable just a few years ago. This has progressively created buzz around the concept of "Smart Government” that can use data coming from a variety of sources, including real-time systems that operate infrastructures such as the electric grid, public lighting, safety cameras, electronic toll gates and more to make government more efficient, attractive and sustainable. However, the problem of sustainability affects governments at all levels and in all domains, and their "smartness" in both leveraging and deploying technology will be key to their ability to manage the increasing pace and level of change.
T. Jeff Vining is a research vice president in Gartner Research, where he covers smart government and related operational technologies such as geospatial, sensors and video systems.