In the 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 friendly systems for managing commuter traffic, food distribution, electric grids, services metering, waste management, street and highway lighting, 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 research, development, and investment in smart infrastructure and that modernizes 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.
The state team will advocate to ensure that infrastructure policies, such as zoning and building codes, are future-proofed. In addition, infrastructure policies should support energy efficiency, renewable energy, transportation electrification, and public-private partnerships designed to facilitate infrastructure improvements.