Solutions For Creating a Smart City

Solution One

  • Investigate innovative methods of expediting, testing and exploring proofs of concepts for smart city technologies by forming a working group of interested small businesses, focused on potential technology partners, to benchmark peer cities and create recommendations for Metro. Explore the work done in other peer and larger cities who have sought to expedite and enhance the procurement process through a Public Private Partnership Office.

Solution Two

  • Embrace Metro Government’s annual Public Investment Plan (PIP)process, which provides Metro departments and agencies, along with partners inside and outside of Metro Government, the opportunity to present innovative ideas in a “shark tank”-like process and receive funding through Metro’s annual budget.

Solution Three


  • Establish one or more test beds in the Metro Government right-of-way and/or on Metro property to allow for centralized, real-world testing of technologies by university partners and potential vendors, with the active participation of Metro departments and agencies. Develop public-private partnerships and leverage these to establish a Smart City technology demonstration lab within a central Metro Government facility that will allow elected officials, department and agency executives, Metro staff and vendors, as well as members of the public to see smart city technologies in action and to understand their impact on Metro operations. 

Solution Four

  • Form a working group of department heads and interested members of the public to investigate the implications of privacy for Metro Government and its residents in a connected and data driven world, and propose actions and policy to address as findings dictate. 

Solution Five

  • Review the smart city governance models of other cities, and devise a Metro Government-centered governance structure to coordinate, collaborate, manage and audit the direction of smart city initiatives. Adopt the recommendations of the Connected Nashville Technical Standards committee regarding Analytics, Interoperability, Security, and Infrastructure standards as common practice for Metro IT systems procurements and development.