Smart City Coming to Seat Pleasant

Seat Pleasant is making a bit of history for itself this week.  The Maryland municipality announced it has been selected by IBM as their partner to build the foundation establishing Seat Pleasant as a Smart City of Excellence.

Seat Pleasant is joining other Smart Cities who use data to improve outcomes in security, safety, resilience, and social services. What makes Seat Pleasant unique is that it is a small municipality with the bold vision to deliver services that were previously limited to much larger cities.

“Seat Pleasant will offer Smart City services that are better, faster and more personalized making it a “City for Me,” said Mayor Eugene W. Grant. “Furthermore, we will be better at delivering services to our citizens and faster in keeping pace with an ever-changing world and that is tailored specifically to the needs of our constituents.”

“Smartphones are increasingly the preferred channel for citizens to gain access to government related information and services.” said Brian Hurley, President and CEO of Purple Forge. “The ‘My Seat Pleasant’ Smart City App will make it easy for residents to stay up-to-date and engaged right from their smartphone at any time, from anywhere.”

Seat Pleasant’s concept going forward is to create a shared hub and to extend these services to other small cities providing them access to the same resources as big cities. Modern cloud-based solutions allow Seat Pleasant to obtain a wider range of advanced, cognitive solutions at a fraction of the cost of traditional on premise deployments.

 

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Harold T. Fisher is a broadcast journalist and author. He is currently the host of the news/talk program, “The Daily Drum” on WHUR-FM and H-U-R Voices, Sirius/XM Channel 141. Highlights of his journalism campaigns include the aftermath of the earthquake in Port Au Prince, Haiti; coverage of the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions; the Jena 6 protests in central Louisiana; the Midwestern floods of 1994 and hurricane Andrew in 1992.

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