Some key questions for government to consider:
- As you envision and build your digital smart city platform, what additional solutions or services could be built on it?
- How can you assess that citizens are getting best value from both current and anticipated future solutions and services?
- What are the development and monetization rights of the government, the current contractor or third parties with respect to these “add-on” services/solutions?
- Is your current contracting structure limiting the potential for digital innovation, or creating a protected market for the private sector contractor?
- How can you build a permitting and regulatory framework that facilitates smart infrastructure deployment?
- What considerations around IP and data rights, data security, interoperability and privacy protection arise, not only to contracted services but for future potential services on the platform, including private-to-private transactions?
- How might regulatory changes impact data rights and privacy protections?
- What formulas for sharing revenues and risks should you be considering for tier-two and tier-three services and solutions? Do you have the contracting know-how to secure these?
- How will you manage changes in technology and services under these contracting arrangements?
- How can you ensure the ability to exit from arrangements without incurring undue penalties or disruption?
Private sector providers
Some key questions for private sector technology and solution providers to consider:
- How can you develop and present technology solutions to government that meet current needs while also offering downstream potential for new solutions and services, without over-complicating the initial proposal?
- How can you enter into contracts that allow you (or third parties) to innovate, develop and deliver new services and solutions based on already-installed technology? How will you monetize capability while giving government latitude to create open markets?
- How can you educate government on financing, risk and reward scenarios inherent in new technology solutions and services, and share both risks and rewards equitably with government?
- How can you engage early with potential third party participants in this digital ecosystem and secure their participation in the framework of government-invested service/technology solutions?
- How can you foster engagement with citizens to secure their buy-in for smart city development and its benefits for a new “citizen experience”?