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Smart environmental transportation vision case


November 15, 2016

Public Financial Management (PFM) plays a significant role in smart government. FreeBalance is developing numerous “vision cases” to describe the intersection of PFM and “smart”.

Smart public transportation use cases rarely show the necessary holistic integration with financial management and open government systems. Environmental information from public transportation and road sensors can improve environmental outcomes in Smart Cities when systems are fully integrated.

  • Environmental Objectives: governments model environmental objectives in financial planning, using citizen input and engagement
  • Sensors and Camera: pollution sensors, public transport usage using smart cards and payments, GPS showing locations and speed, traffic cameras and sensors monitor traffic flow – this is the typical Internet of Things (IoT) use case
  • Environmental Patterns: sensor and camera data is combined with citizen surveys to compare with environmental objectives and environmental perception
  • Financial Analysis: environmental patterns and public transport costs (fuel, maintenance) are analyzed
  • Nudge: the display of environmental data and trends can “nudge” citizens to change behaviour to reduce energy consumption
  • Re-price Services: governments can change prices for public transportation, tolls and parking to change behaviour to reduce the environmental footprint

The integration of PFM, open government and digital devices provides the “smart” in Smart Government:

  • Citizen-centric: leverages citizen input to develop citizen objectives and using transparency and pricing changes to change behaviour
  • Data-driven: uses information from multiple sources for data-driven decisions
  • Performance-focused: leverages environmental KPIs integrated with financial objectives
  • Long-term: creates an environment of continuous environmental improvement
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Doug Hadden

Doug Hadden

Executive Vice President, Innovation at FreeBalance
Doug is responsible for identifying new global markets, new technologies and trends, and new and enhanced internal processes. Doug leads a cross-functional international team that is responsible for developing product prototypes and innovative go-to-market strategies.

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