Future-Focused, Smart Communities Begin Here

Smart communities are not just a service we provide. It’s how VHB approaches every project to provide positive impacts to our communities.

Smart communities are intentional about harnessing new and existing technologies to plan for a better tomorrow, such as digital building twins to enhance emergency response, street lighting that lowers energy cost and consumption, and transportation infrastructure to support connectivity of automated electric aircraft and motor vehicles. VHB is at the forefront of these and other future-focused initiatives.

Ten Foundation Elements of Smart Communities

The ten pillars of smart communities are shown with corresponding icons. Healthy, equitable, sustainable,  data-driven, co-created, solution oriented, people-focused and community driven, resilient.

As technology changes and evolves, so does VHB.

That’s why communities both large and small partner with us to help them grow via smart, technology-driven initiatives that prioritize collaboration and consensus-building to enhance people’s lives. Future-focused, smart communities are interconnected and co-created via partnership between residents, businesses, and government.

VHB’s approach to smart community building is people-centric and purposeful.

We work closely with community leaders, citizens, and stakeholders to master plan and implement guidelines that prioritize innovations in technology and data collection and connect people to programs that address sustainability, resiliency, and equity. The communities we partner with in implementing smart solutions will be sustainable and thrive as healthy, environmentally-friendly, and economically and socially vibrant destinations for generations to come.

VHB understands how critical stakeholder engagement is when building a robust smart community plan. Coupled with their keen insight about data-driven technologies, we can move quickly to implement solutions that have an immediate impact on people’s lives, like incenting rapid transit and providing digital access to underserved populations through the mobile tablet and hotspot check-out program. Thanks to VHB’s guidance, the City of Orlando is already seen as a national leader in technology-driven smart community planning.

—Michael Hess, Director of Orlando Future-Ready