Edge Computing Will Deliver Insights Faster for Agencies
The cloud, coupled with edge computing, will likely become much more prominent moving forward, especially as cities move ahead with smart city deployments and new infrastructure that has embedded or attached sensors.
Edge computing will be particularly important for public safety and surveillance use cases, allowing agencies to conduct more data analysis at the network edge, on IP-connected cameras, without having to send that information back to central servers. That will deliver faster and more actionable insights for first responders, traffic managers and other government employees who monitor those feeds.
Agencies will likely grow accustomed to more data residing in the cloud. But it won’t be an overnight change, as government agencies continue to face hurdles in migrating to the cloud.
However, I think IT leaders will start to realize the power of the technology they already have deployed in the field, from cameras to sensors and other connected devices. They will soon understand that those devices have a lot more intelligence than they previously thought.
Governments Will Need to Continue to Invest in Digital Services
Another trend likely to take root in 2022 is governments’ evolving interactions with the citizens they serve.
The challenges governments have faced with staffing and retention and delivering vital services are not going away. IT leaders will need to lean into technology solutions to help solve those problems instead.
That will require continued investment in modern, digital government services and the infrastructure to support them. Thankfully, IT leaders can turn to trusted partners like CDW to help them close the gap and deliver the agile, mobile-friendly services that citizens need and have come to rely on.
State and local agencies will face no shortage of hurdles in 2022, but with the right technology — and leadership that leans into innovative solutions — those challenges can be overcome.