The exhibit hall was buzzing during Smart Cities Week Silicon Valley as leading technology companies displayed solutions and services that will drive the next generation of smart cities.
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As Illinois embarks on a journey to become America’s first smart state, it got valuable advice through a Smart States event about how to identify and build people-centered solutions, which is at the heart of governance. Read on for five tips that you can put to work as you craft your own strategies.
City leaders don't need to reinvent the wheel every time they come up against a problem in their smart city implementations. There are companies they can turn to for help. One of them -- Microsoft -- has a new partner bringing several IT solutions to the initiative it created to help cities become more efficient, more economically competitive and more livable.
In a 30-minute online assessment, poor people visualize the dimensions of their poverty and map a way out. Developed by a microfinance organization in Paraguay, the Poverty Stoplight tool is now being used in 18 countries. Would it work in your community? Click to find out.
Developed specifically for government officials and technology engineers, the Council's Smart Cities Readiness Workshops promote an interactive learning environment to help participants assess their city's readiness to innovate. Click for details on upcoming workshops you may wish to attend or to learn how your organization can host a Readiness Workshop.
Vendors play a critical role as cities work toward smart infrastructure upgrades to enhance livability and economic vitality. Now Navigant Research has released a report that lists and ranks the suppliers it considers most capable of helping cities reach their goals. (We're not boasting, but the top five are Council partners.)
Get a free trial of a weather alerting system. Drill down on your locale's disaster history. Browse a global registry of urban sustainability rating tools. Click to learn how to get these tools and two more.
Click for details on four new tools designed to help developers and policymakers have more success with urban planning projects – including a sustainability tool Longmont, Colorado is using to gauge the impact of park or street projects on other aspects of city life.
The results of innovation are all around us whether it’s technology, a service or a product. But what separates a great new approach from a dead-end idea? How do you organize innovation? At the risk of sounding trite, there really is an app for that.
The first widely endorsed standard for cities to measure and report their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions was launched last month. It aims to help cities develop climate action plans and access climate financing. A free Jan. 20 webinar will focus on the standard; click for details.