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The goal of the Readiness Guide is to help you make two key decisions: 1) where you want to end up and 2) where you should start. This section suggests the targets at which you should aim.

Here’s an overview of the various targets. You can get more details on each as they relate specifically to mobility on their respective pages.

Instrumentation and control
Instrumentation is the bedrock of smart cities. It provides the key source of data that allows a city to make informed decisions on how to reduce costs and allocate funding.

We are entering the Internet of Things (IoT) era where people talk to devices and devices talk to each other. This is why connectivity is such a robust smart city enabler.

Interoperability ensures the technologies you deploy work well together. If you hope to achieve your smart city goals, different technologies from different vendors must be able to work together.

Security and privacy
One of the greatest challenges for smart city leaders is to reassure residents that their rights will be respected and their data protected.

Data management
The streams of data that smart cities collect create enormous opportunities, but also require special handling. Smart cities treat public data as a citywide asset.

Computing resources
Keeping up with ever-advancing computing technologies in an era of budget constraints can put city leaders between the proverbial rock and hard place. But smart cities find a way — and sometimes find the more advanced solution is more budget-friendly too.

Analytics is a super enabler. Analytics takes massive quantities of data and turns it into actionable intelligence that enhances livability, workability and sustainability in very direct ways.