A new survey from the nonprofit technology industry association CompTIA has indicated high confidence among government officials in what the organization brands as benefits of smart cities tools and services.
CompTIA said Tuesday 50 percent of local, state and federal government personnel surveyed believe the Internet of Things and smart cities will provide value to their organizations.
“Improved decision-making made possible through new or better streams of data ranks as the highest perceived benefit,” said Tim Herbert, senior vice president of research and market intelligence at CompTIA.
“Given the many layers of agencies, jurisdictions and constituencies, interest in data-driven decision-making is not surprising,” Herbert added.
In June and July, CompTIA conducted the online survey of 172 government personnel who have technological jurisdiction in their agency.
Thirty-six percent of respondents said their agency have Internet of Things-related programs underway.
The survey cited upfront and ongoing costs, security, complexity and interoperability as among the challenges faced by government officials in their efforts to adopt smart cities services.
“Even the tech-savviest government staff may quickly find themselves in unfamiliar territory when it comes to systems integration,” Herbert said.