In the very near future, our infrastructure will blend traditional physical infrastructure (transportation and transit systems, buildings, pipes, power grids, concrete, and steel) with cyber-infrastructure (computers, networks, and sensors), reaching the age of “connected everything.” Smart infrastructure is the development of more efficient and environmentally friendlier systems for managing, among other things, commuter traffic, food distribution, electric grids, and waterways. Transportation systems that are efficient; environmentally friendly; and move hundreds to hundreds of thousands of people quickly, comfortably, and affordably to their destinations will be a defining feature of many new smart cities.
Tomorrow’s smart cities will redefine sustainability and livability. The common thread for these smart infrastructure technologies is the reliance on a robust — wired or wireless — broadband connection.
In order to execute these smart solutions, there remains the need to keep pace with the explosive pace of technological innovation. The state program will support legislation that promotes the modernization of archaic regulations allowing companies to create and meet the increased demand of consumers, cities, and government agencies while ensuring that there is an even playing field in terms of technological adoption and innovation.