The concept of Cloud Broker 4.0 and the City Marketplace

Considering the impact possible with a Cloud and IoT broker there are a number of things that such a beast would encompass. First off there is the concept of a service catalog. This presentation would encompass all the potential offerings vetted by the broker. IT could then add other internal functions into the catalog and offer that internally for users.

Vetted is an interesting word. First off, there are many cloud services available. There are billions of IoT devices already deployed. Vetting services encompasses two district areas. The first consideration would be a vetting of the overall potential offerings either of a CSP or IoT provider. The second would be a robust evaluation of the overall security of the solution. Having a solution that was not secure by design would require a security layer or addition by the broker.

This vetting process would also include the overall connection process of the services offered into the overall broker catalog. The connection between a broker and a CSP would be different than the connection between a broker and a consumer. The broker and the CSP or IoT/CPS provider would be over the public internet or via a direct connection at a switched network location. For solutions with Broker provided security layers, there would be a cache of data provided on the broker side of the connection in the event of connection severing due to security failure on the remote side. There would be an additional cache on the customer side between the customer and the broker to support eventual portability of solutions when a new broker is chosen and the old broker connection severed. Or, in the event that the City Broker concept takes off (#mysmartcity) the cache would allow a business to in the event of large scale attack or issues to actually operate off-line for a time period.

The value of moving to this new model of broker that encompasses the smart city broker offering, the IoT broker offering and the services of a municipality would be the creation of the incubation and small business infrastructure. Simply put, small and innovative business startups simply sign into the #mysmartcity broker and city marketplace. All of the services needed to startup the business is there. From email, web site, storage, compute to physical office space and reduced cost business supplies such s computers, paper and printers. The value for the organizations that participate is greater security at a reduced cost. Faster time through the initial startup period. Access to resources not normally available in the startup or innovative company mode.

Additionally, the small company, offering a serves of services has a place to advertise right away (City Marketplace) at a reduced cost. This builds an initial customer base while the company is starting up. Now that said if the idea is a no-go the City Marketplace won’t launch it any better than the traditional marketplace. The idea or concept has to at least be viable.

But, under the offerings of the #mysmartcity City Marketplace there are consulting and other services that can be offered as part of the fees paid to the broker. IE to start a small business there would be no capital outlay at first. You could move the startup costs completely into Opex money. Without the cost or initial outlay, the barrier to entry would lower and the risk of failure would be lower. Add to that smart business people watching and helping the startup and you have an environment built to incubate new ideas.

All from a single source cloud and IoT service provider called Broker 4.0.

Over the long term as citizens and organizations connect to the City Broker the city can reduce taxation and exist as an entity that collects fees for Service. Overall infrastructure security could be increased by centralizing the security system as deployed and managing security as a broker offering. The concept of sales tax would remain a revenue source for the city broker. But property taxes could be reduced and eventually fade away, increasing the value of land in the city by reducing the cost of land ownership.

Encompassing Transactive Energy resources at the city level could also occur. Creating the ability for the city to offer reduced price energy by turning city buildings and incubation buildings into solar and wind generation facilities. Reducing the cost of energy production and the cleanliness of the air around the city. The city, through a bond offering could fun the solar and wind generation stations on the roofs of city buildings. This would then result in the provision of electricity at a set per kilowatt rate lower than current energy costs.