From Day One of DoIT (actually even before), Illinois has been on an aggressive path to become the first Smart State in the nation. Smart State efforts were being discussed publically as early as April of 2016, in the following article in Government Technology.
The smart city concept encompasses some broad common elements — elements that can be applied beyond the city — such as sustainable economic development, data-driven decision-making, innovative thinking, and use of emerging technologies and new partnerships. And Illinois is working to incorporate these elements, as well as common technology components such as connected devices, the Internet of Things, analytics, cloud and mobility, making it well on its way to becoming the first smart state.
IDC recently sat down with the Smarter Illinois team, an initiative led by CIO Hardik Bhatt and supported by Gov. Bruce Rauner. Bhatt has a vision to create the first smart state, which is described on the Smarter Illinois website. The central themes to the smart state include the triple role the state can play.
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