Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic – A collaboration framework for cities and solutions providers

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Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic – A collaboration framework for cities and solutions providers

The coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating and disruptive impact on cities and communities worldwide. From the loss of lives, interruption of essential day-to-day services, to disruption of the global economy, no one person, organization or country is spared. Local, regional, and national governments are urgently responding with varying degrees of effectiveness.

As the number of infections and deaths surge, governments are turning to technology and innovative approaches for help. For example, eighteen countries around the world are using mobile phone tracking and contact tracing methods [1]. Several major technology companies have partnered with the World Health Organization (WHO) to host a global hackathon to facilitate development of creative software solutions [2].

Cities have borne the burden of the COVID-19 outbreak. Can smart cities, with innovative technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), 5G, open data, and analytics, respond more effectively? This white paper provides a framework listing the potential areas of opportunity for smart cities and their associated technologies. Cities and technology companies can use this to structure their own thinking, and to ensure they have considered all the dimensions of the problem. In addition, we provide a sample set of innovative solutions, taken from current and realworld examples, and mapped into this framework.

Target Audience and How to Use this document

This white paper was created with the following objectives:

  • Provide cities and municipalities with an easy to use structure and framework to map all their current COVID-19 response needs, projects and initiatives
  • Provide solution providers with a structure to demonstrate where and how their specific solutions fit within a city or municipality’s COVID-19 response initiatives
  • Provide cities and solution providers with a tool to ensure that all relevant areas of need are identified and considered

This is an excerpt from the white paper written by Benson Chan, Renil Paramel and Peter Wiliams from Strategy of Things