The city of Henderson, Nevada has developed a smart city strategy that provides a road-map for citywide smart city initiatives through the year 2020. The smart city strategy was developed in collaboration with Gartner – a research and advisory company – along with input from internal and external stakeholders.
“From smart students to smart cities, Henderson has embarked on an ambitious plan to harness technology and data to improve everything from transportation infrastructure to public safety and city services,” said mayor Debra March. “We have already made investments in becoming a smart city that are linked to areas such as traffic management, city facilities and emergency response and there’s still more to come.”
The smart city strategy includes initiatives focusing on bridging the digital divide and creating connectivity to improve learning opportunities. Henderson seeks to enhance the city’s economic competitiveness as companies look for communities that are technology advanced, and at the same time attract investment from public and private partners. It will also fulfill residents’ increasing expectations for personalized services and enhanced quality of life.
“Implementing smart city strategies will improve citizen experiences, enhance public safety and incite community engagement,” said chief information officer Laura Fucci. “By collecting and analyzing data from sensors, cameras and other technologies, the city will be able to leverage systems capable of recognizing changing conditions and responding automatically.”
The strategy identifies five focus areas that are in line with the Henderson Strong Comprehensive Plan for healthy, livable communities, a vibrant, resilient economy, and active, complete transportation:
- citizen services;
- public safety;
- transportation; and,
- city government.