Technological advancements are rapidly transforming the conventional view of City of Hilliard infrastructure into a system that employs digital communications and information technologies to provide a variety of services. Cities are being transformed by the deployment of digital technologies that collect, transmit and share data with users and managers. This streamlines operations, provides information data, and improves services for residents.
These emerging technologies must be implemented to improve service delivery and quality of life in Hilliard as we continue to grow in population and employment. Implemented thoughtfully, these advancements have the potential to improve safety, reduce congestion, increase system efficiency and deliver services more effectively.
Digital infrastructure is a key component for deploying these technologies and realizing their benefits. This infrastructure requires significant investment to build and maintain. A policy on the deployment of digital infrastructure is an effective way to ensure that public infrastructure investments are made in a way that supports the capability of these technologies to effectively serve public interests and improve the quality of life in Hilliard. The City’s vision establishes Hilliard as a leader in creating a smart mobility system that is connected, inclusive, secure and resilient, providing services effectively to improve the quality of life of all residents. Our goal is to ensure public investment in mobility is planned, selected, scoped, designed, constructed and maintained in a manner that advances a Smart City.
This policy will be applied to all City projects, ensuring they are consistent and incorporate Smart Streets concepts as appropriate. The policy is intended to identify opportunities where they exist and leverage our investments in infrastructure. It requires taking certain considerations regarding digital infrastructure into account during project development, documenting the findings and providing a rationale for decisions. Criteria is expected to develop and change rapidly as the technologies emerge and evolve and will be dependent on the individual circumstances of each project. The policy is intended for the project sponsor, the program administrators and the existing organization to make informed, transparent decisions about the digital infrastructure components of transportation projects, using standards and criteria that are mutually agreed upon. Successful policy will not result in imposing a burden upon sponsors or their projects but, through its deliberate application, will help to generate awareness and knowledge necessary to lead them to processes and outcomes that are valued.
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