Cities around the world have a new ally in the fight to achieve prosperity and sustainability. More than a dozen top technology firms — including some of the world's largest — have formed the Smart Cities Council to provide cities with tools and best practices. Click to read the press release.
Smart City Concepts
In this article excerpt, Huffington Post contributor and Philadelphia resident James Calder describes why his city well deserves to have been awarded one of five Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge grants.
What the smart cities initiative really needs is a common platform for technology adoption that can be shared across different cities. At least that's the opinion of several industry leaders in Europe. Read the story to learn what they have in mind and why collaboration is such a big part of what they want to do.
While many cities are taking advantage of smart traffic management technologies to make streets safer and less congested for both cars and pedestrians, car makers are doing much the same. Of course the difference is they're putting the technology in their cars. The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class from Council Lead Partner Daimler is a good example of how the future of autonomous driving could unfold.
Council Associate Partner Black & Veatch will contribute its engineering and construction expertise to Envision America, a nationwide program devoted to helping cities speed up and successfully deploy their smart cities programs. Read the story to learn more about the company's role in the initiative.
AT&T has just unveiled a comprehensive portfolio of new offerings -- from infrastructure monitoring to transportation -- to help cities provide a safe, clean environment to live in. And some major U.S. cities are already on board. Maybe your city should be, too.
The UK’s Future Cities Catapult is working with a government agency to find new ways to gather and interpret data that will help local governments make the right decisions to ensure their cities are safer, more efficient and better able to grow their economies. Read the story to learn about the project and the challenges to making it happen.
While India’s central government works toward its goal of 100 smart cities, some cities and states are taking matters into their own hands and striking out on their own. Read our story to learn how the city of Jaipur is developing a smart city infrastructure and services – with considerable help from Smart Cities Council partners Cisco, GE and Qualcomm.
Taking on a startup as a vendor and partner may seem like risky business but Jerusalem’s municipal water utility, Hagihon Company, seems to make a habit of it. The utility is working with several water technology startups as it looks for innovative solutions to aging infrastructure, leaking pipes and other headaches.
The U.S. and the European Union may be the trailblazers for the smart cities initiative, but Chinese officials say their country will dominate the smart city technology sector within five years. And they’re confident enough to say the Chinese smart city model will be one of the first to be adopted by other countries.