The foundation of smart city success

Seven layers of data governance and management

Smart data governance: the key to realizing smart city potential

How smart a city becomes—and which companies will win shares of this booming market—depends on the answer to one question:

How well can you, a private or public sector entity, govern and manage the data on which smart cities will be built?

In our view, successful smart cities are built on seven layers of data governance and management: categories, consent, collection, anonymization, storage, access and monetization.

This foundation enables fully-realized smart cities with a robust digital ecosystem, built on the city’s own digital platform, in which new products, services and business models are rapidly innovated and deployed.

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Seven layers of smart data governance and management

A solid foundation of data governance leads to profits for businesses, new revenue streams for government, a more fertile environment for innovation and better services for residents and local businesses, all in support of sustainable growth.

The more quality data you can integrate, the more value you can create. That's what we call "the golden rule of smart city economics."

Greg ChiassonPrincipal, US Capital Projects & Infrastructure, PwC­

Four key stakeholders required to establish effective data governance and management

Smart city success requires engagement with civic authorities, such as local or federal privacy commissioners, since coordination among the different levels of government is often a top smart city challenge.

Equally critical is rigorous public consultation with residents (through digital and physical open houses and town hall meetings), with smart infrastructure providers (through an industry advisory board) and with external data governance and privacy experts.

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Daryl Walcroft

Principal, Capital Projects & Infrastructure Leader, PwC US

Greg Chiasson

Principal, Capital Projects & Infrastructure (Technology, Media and Telecommunications), PwC US

Michelle Holland

Director, Consulting & Deals, PwC Canada

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