A pragmatic, visionary perspective —–
In their latest Handbook, “Infrastructure and the Operational Art”, the US ARMY Corps of Engineers refers to my “Platform for Commerce” as a definition of infrastructure and economic growth in the first chapter .
This definition was first developed and submitted in a white paper to the US Department of Homeland Security in 2009. Later, I presented it at their conference, Workshop on Aging Infrastructure at Columbia University in New York. It was expanded and refined in my book, LOCATION LOCATION CONNECTIVITY (2014) available now on AMAZON. (386 pages discussing next-generation real estate, intelligent infrastructure, technology (Smartphones, WiFi, DAS, and 5G Networks), and their combined impact on regional economic development.)
PLATFORM FOR COMMERCE
A new way to look at the framework of infrastructure and its impact on regional economic development and regional sustainability. Layers of infrastructure have been around for over 5,000 years. Infrastructure has always been built to expand trade routes and increase economic development by expanding commerce.
Starting with the Egyptians and Phoenicians building docks and ports to facilitate shipping goods to different cities on the Mediterranean to the Roman Empire building roads and bridges to move their Army to conquer distant lands. All of this led to the expansion of trade and new markets.
At the end of the Civil War in the United States (1865), the railroads became a big part of the next “Layer of Infrastructure” to increase trade routes and expand commerce in the United States.
Restricting the development and use of infrastructure can stagnate a whole local economy (As evidenced in St. Louis’ decision to restrict the Railroads after 1865 in favor of the riverboats serving their city only – see chart.)
The phone was invented in 1876 and electricity came shortly after adding more to the fabric of the infrastructure facilitating more trade and trade expansion. The airplane invented in 1903 became more commercialized after World War I and created a new layer of infrastructure by establishing new trade routes by air.
Today, trade routes have become electronic with Broadband Connectivity (the Internet) and new approaches to the expansion of global commerce and expanding regional economic development have been initiated.
In 150 to 200 years, we will have Interplanetary Commerce with goods being shipped via “Space Trains”. Imagine ore and other strategic, raw materials being shipped in a large space vehicle or connected “space freight” vehicles from Mars to Earth. Some materials needed for various nuclear reactors and other applications are more in abundance on Mars. Again, infrastructure develops new trade routes and new trading partners.
This was the concept and framework behind the Platform for Commerce.
Before we can move forward in developing new technologies and new business applications, we need to get everyone on the same page in defining the framework for infrastructure and realizing a standard “Platform for Commerce”.
CARLINI-ISM : “Leading-edge countries will not maintain their position with trailing-edge infrastructure.”
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