Why are Digital Citizen Services Important?
In today’s world, being able to go online has become a necessity for a lot of companies and even for governments choosing to do a majority of their business over the internet.
Most of us rely on digital services to pay our bills, do our banking and to even catch up with friends.
What would we do without facebook?
What did we do without smart phones?
These days we can even watch sports on our devices. Going forward this is going to get even more complicated and the amount of information available will be mind-blowing. This is why getting the communication right through digital citizen services is critical.
Smart Cities and Digital Citizen Services
Smart Cities consist of many things connected. These connected things provide data to each other and to people. For citizens in a smart city to take advantage of this, they need to be able to interact with the technology around them.
It is important that the companies and governments operating within a smart city have a strategy to educate the citizens. it is also important that they communicate effectively on what digital citizen services are available.
The government and companies within the city have data that can also be used to
- make smarter decisions around city planning
- build digital citizen services for better community engagement
- create mass notification systems.
SINGLE POINT OF CONTACT
One of the major advantages of a digital citizen service to governments is that it can create a single point of contact for people.
This allows agencies to break down organizational and process silos to better meet the needs of the citizen.
With the maturing of the smart city concept, we will see this continue so that digital citizen services provide a real one-stop shop to people.
The best digital citizen service programs give citizens what they want. The more governments understand the needs of the people in the city the more relevant their digital programs will be.
This means the interaction between citizens and governments will be more natural leading to better community engagement. Leading on to better decisions being made within the city.