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November 16, 2012

New Survey Showing Cities that Saved Money Using Bring Your Own Device Ideology

Smart media company, e.Republic, and their Center for Digital Media (Center) and Digital Communities Program have chosen their top digital cities in their annual Digital Cities Survey. The cities were chosen according to technology used for making the city more productive and more efficient.

Many city governments, small businesses, and large corporations have adopted the theory of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) to help save money on the costs of hardware by allowing employees to use their own mobile devices, in order to increase their productivity. Companies are creating apps in order to protect delicate company information and monitor what information is accessed and how the information is being used. 

By allowing employees to use their own personal devices, companies are saving on hardware costs, eliminating the expense involved in issuing company-purchased and restricted mobile devices to be given to the employee. Employees find themselves more at ease using their everyday device that they are familiar with, rather than having to switch back and forth between a company device and their own device.

This does, however, cause a concern for the company when it comes to security. Companies and city governments have learned that it costs less money to create an application to protect their information on someone’s personal device than it costs to furnish them with a company device.

Todd Sandler, the executive director of the Center says, “Cities that are investing in technology are seeing huge cost savings that are critical to operations and their ability to meet higher demand for services. These cities are true innovators and we applaud them as they work in the spirit of collaboration to provide extraordinary value to constituents, despite budget setbacks."

The survey was designed for United States cities with a population of at least 30,000 people, to be divided into four categories depending on size.   For cities with a population of 250,000 or more people, Louisville, Kentucky was chosen. Cities with a population between 249,999 to 125,000, Salt Lake City, Utah was chosen the top-ranked city. Cities with a population between 124,999 to 75,000, Ann Arbor, Michigan was picked. Cities that fell between 74,999 and the minimum 30,000, Marana, Arizona garnered to top spot.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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