In recent years, I\u2019ve written often about smart cities and the benefits they are gaining from Edge and IoT solutions. These have all been great stories to tell. They spanned the United States, from a look at a proposed e-parking solution for San Francisco to an IoT lab in New Bedford, Massachusetts that is focused on helping smart communities strengthen their economies and become physically healthier.\nToday, I\u2019m once again diving into the use of Edge computing solutions in digital cities, because this is a story that keeps getting bigger and better. In this case, I will take a broader look at the innovative ways in which smart cities are putting solutions to work to cultivate safer, healthier and more livable urban environments.\nLet\u2019s begin with the big picture. For digital cities, there are compelling reasons for moving data analytics to the Edge, when the data is generated and captured, rather than sending everything to analytics engines in corporate and cloud data centers. In many cases, applications require that data analysis takes place in near real time, as the data is generated. There simply isn\u2019t time to send data to a distant data center for analysis. In other cases, it doesn\u2019t make sense to pay the costs of transmitting data over a network and storing it in the cloud when it might be needed for immediate purposes.\nConsiderations like these build the case for analyzing many types of data at the Edge, where the sensors, cameras or other devices are located and where intelligent systems can take immediate actions based on the results of data analytics. And there\u2019s good news on this front. Digital cities around the world are catching the Edge and IoT wave. One study found that 83 percent of smart cities and government agencies are actively using or exploring IoT.\nSome common use cases\nThe use cases for Edge and IoT solutions in digital cities span the range of municipal operations, from public safety and security to smart utility metering and parking. I\u2019d like to examine a few of these use cases, to show how municipal operations can be transformed with Edge computing.\nPublic safety and police monitoring \nWith it comes to protecting the public and fighting crime in today\u2019s cities, Edge solutions are now \u201cmust-haves.\u201d As a just-released eBook from Dell Technologies and Intel notes, smart cities bring together solutions that improve emergency preparedness and provide first responders and law enforcement with greater situational awareness. Many of these solutions incorporate computer vision capabilities to help public safety officials keep an eye on the city.\nOn the crime-fighting front, Edge solutions can aid police in solving crimes after they happen, as well as in deterring potential crimes. For example, with computer vision and sound sensors on the street, police can pinpoint specific information, such as the point of origin of gunshots, and rapidly secure an area.\nTraffic and public transportation monitoring\nWith Edge solutions, cities can help their residents and public safety personnel move about more easily. For example, data from embedded sensors, video cameras, crowd-sourced traffic information and other sources can help city operators better understand traffic and pedestrian patterns and make adjustments in real time, such as routing emergency response vehicles around congested areas.\nHere\u2019s another example: In times of emergencies on the streets, city operators can activate street lights to help guide emergency workers to specific locations. Lights can also be flashed in sequence, or the colors can be changed, to indicate emergency evacuation routes during natural disasters, such as floods and tornados.\nAt a broader level, Edge solutions can improve drive time for urban commuters. An\u00a0Intel-sponsored study by Juniper Research\u00a0found that gridlock causes drivers to lose up to 70 hours per year.\nThe study determined that an integrated IoT-enabled infrastructure of intelligent traffic systems, safer roads, directed parking, and frictionless toll and parking payments could allow drivers to avoid spending 60 unproductive hours a year in their cars.\nUtilities for smart metering and billing\nToday\u2019s cities are constrained by the limited availability of natural resources. Smart cities have adopted creative approaches to addressing this problem, including smart utility meters that provide consumers and businesses with real-time information on energy usage. These solutions give users far greater control over their power usage and bills.\nThis is the case in cities like Fort Collins, Colorado, where homes, businesses and schools are equipped with smart meters. These meters provide two-way communication between the meter and the local utility, allowing accurate and timely meter readings and enabling the ability to turn a utility service on and off remotely.\nSmart parking and smart waste management\nIn the digital city, smart parking can lead drivers right to open spots, reducing congestion from circling vehicles. Additionally, sensors or cameras can monitor vehicles for parking violations without sending personnel out on the street. Cities that adopt smart parking can see an increase in parking revenues and in retail tax revenues, since shoppers spend less time circling and more time buying.\nEdge solutions can also lead to smarter waste management. In one of these use cases, sensors on trash cans and recycling bins keep tabs on the volume in the container, so the responsible parties can empty them before they overflow and cause litter and sanitation problems.\nGetting started\nAs examples like these show, smart cities can leverage Edge solutions that improve emergency preparedness, provide public safety personnel with greater situational awareness, facilitate the flow of traffic, encourage conservation and provide many other benefits that enhance the lives of city residents.\nWhile the list of use cases for Edge solutions in the digital city could go on and on, it\u2019s important to note that even the smartest cities wouldn\u2019t take on all of this at once. Most municipalities start by trying to solve a specific issue, and then grow from there. While every city is unique, at Dell Technologies we have seen cities start with projects such as traffic management, video surveillance, smart lighting, flood safety, smart utilities and open data. The first project often serves as the foundation for future smart city projects.\nIf your municipality is looking to make greater use of Edge and IoT solutions, Dell Technologies would like to partner with you to find your solution. Across the globe, we leverage our strategically aligned businesses, global partner ecosystem, expert services and flexible financial offerings to provide end-to-end solutions that power digital transformation \u2014 from the Edge to the core to the cloud.\nToday, we\u2019re ready to do the same for you.\nTo learn more\nFor a deeper dive into the topics explored here, read the Dell Technologies white paper \u201cTransforming Cities for the Future.\u201d And for a broader look at secure, scalable Edge and IoT solutions, visit the Dell Technologies Edge and IoT site.\nKirsten Billhardt is the Marketing Director of Edge and IoT at Dell Technologies.\n Forrester Research, \u201cIoT Deployment Is Driving Analytics To The Edge,\u201d\u00a0 January 2019.\n Intel, \u201cSmart Cities Technologies Give Back 125 Hours to Citizens Every Year,\u201d March 12, 2018.\n City of Fort Collins Utilities, \u201cAdvanced (Smart) Meters,\u201d accessed January 23, 2020.