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The first step in ensuring cybersecurity: Understanding what's normal

06/14/2018

Atlanta has now allocated nearly $15 million to clean up after a March cybersecurity breach that crippled more than a third of its systems. And the recovery effort continues. What can you do? Know what your normal state looks like so you can detect threats quickly. Here’s how.

KC's smart city lesson: Build on your successes (and your data)

06/07/2018

With several smart city successes already under its belt, Kansas City is expanding its efforts to improve basic services, shrink the digital divide and more. And city officials are very much relying on data — and a new public/private partnership — to help them do it.

Inside Look: What cities were buying and planning in May 2018

06/06/2018

What kinds of projects are in the works in cities like yours? In our monthly Inside Look series, we track some of the biggest projects in the planning and implementation phases. From car-sharing and airport modernization to communications networks, these are the hot projects this month.

Food waste is a major problem. Can collaboration solve it?

05/31/2018

It's estimated that half of the world's food is wasted. It's a drain on economies and a missed opportunity for putting food on the table for people who don't have enough. A Canadian organization is betting a nationwide collaboration can do far more to reduce food waste than isolated efforts ever will.

Demand response: one way energy users can help themselves and the electric grid

05/24/2018

When power supplies get tight electric utilities can buy power from other utilities or fire up additional generation. But those are expensive options. Our story explains how one company is augmenting its solar + energy storage resources in a way that's good for the company's bottom line—and good for the electric grid.

How our Readiness Challenge winners are plotting their smart cities course

05/17/2018

SCC's 2018 Readiness Challenge Grant winners have similar goals in their quest to become smart cities, although their approaches to achieving them aren't necessarily the same. Read on to learn how they're planning safe, sustainable and livable places that benefit all of their citizens.

Icons of Infrastructure: Smart Cities - Building Tomorrow's Infrastructure

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05/16/2018

The recently concluded Smart Cities Week Silicon Valley conference was a prime example of cities sharing best practices and experiences in their smart cities efforts. In this Icons of Infrastructure story, cities and technology providers offer their views on several smart cities trends and top issues.

Electric companies and cities: working together for smart energy

05/15/2018

Smart cities want smart energy solutions to ensure a sustainable energy future. But how do they do it? Now they have an opportunity to collaborate with the most knowledgeable partner they could possibly have: their electric company. The conversation kicked off during the first Electric Companies Advancing Cities Summit at Smart Cities Week Silicon Valley.

Inclusive, affordable mass transit: how do we get it right?

05/10/2018

Mass transit can do a lot to help cities serve vulnerable and underserved populations, reduce traffic congestion and pollution and much more. But what does it take to provide an inclusive, affordable transit system people want to use? It's one of the critical topics participants at Smart Cities Week Silicon Valley worked on this week.

Higher-density cities are coming, from Sydney to Seattle. Can they be healthier cities, too?

05/03/2018

With city populations growing quickly, higher-density development is inevitable. But how do we ensure those high-density environments are healthy places to live and work? Read on to learn about a group of researchers determined to get the answers to that question.

San Jose's new wireless project: a prime example of "Think big, but start small"

04/25/2018

San Jose and AT&T are working together on a project to improve wireless coverage in the city for citizens and first responders. It's not a big project. However, if all goes well it will be the key that unlocks a tremendous number of opportunities to enhance city services — and the city's livability.

NYC's free Wi-Fi network is getting a boost (a reliability boost, that is)

04/19/2018

When cities provide a popular service, they need to be sure it's dependable, that everything works as it should — or they'll be getting an earful from frustrated citizens. Learn about the smart technologies New York City is using to ensure its network of kiosks offering free public phone calls and Wi-Fi is always on.

How a university can be a go-to resource for your smart city transformation

04/12/2018

The number and variety of smart cities projects are growing, but many cities simply don't have the tools they need to tackle them. We thought you'd like to know about a valuable resource, and source of innovation inspiration, your city may want to consider tapping into.

Partner Spotlight: News for Johnson Controls, Continental, Itron and more

04/12/2018

Johnson Controls acquires Triatek… Itron's water upgrade project… Microsoft's IoT investment… Continental wins technology award… Parsons collaborates on education in UAE… UL's certification program for data centers. Click the links for details.

How EVs can make your city's electric grid smarter (and more reliable)

03/29/2018

Electric vehicles are a small percentage of vehicle sales, but their numbers are expected to grow over the next several years. And that's good because it's becoming increasingly clear that EVs can contribute to the stability and reliability of city electric grids.

Mass transit ridership has been falling. What do we do about it?

03/29/2018

Mass transit ridership in most of the major U.S. transit markets and elsewhere has dropped notably in recent years, and for sometimes complex reasons that can vary from city to city. There are promising solutions, but we need to better understand why fewer people are taking the bus before we decide what the fixes should be.

Fairfax County draws an innovative future that will deliver for generations to come

03/22/2018

Too often, today’s solutions can become tomorrow’s problems. See how Fairfax County, Virginia, a 2018 Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge finalist, plans to use its current success to build an innovative, inclusive future that lifts the next generation.

Training the smart people we need to run smart cities

03/22/2018

The technologies that make smart cities work require highly-trained people who know how to use and manage them. And finding that kind of talent can be difficult. It's a competitive market and schools often can’t provide the necessary training on their own. Fortunately, technology companies are stepping up to fill the gap.

Why cities should be paying attention to their 'green infrastructure'

03/22/2018

A quickly growing Alabama city will be part of a study to determine how to best manage urban forests so they contribute to storm water and flooding management. But urban trees can provide several additional benefits city leaders and planners would do well to consider.

Who'd have thought? 4 ways smart city tech saves citizens time

03/15/2018

It makes sense: the connected technologies that make it possible for smart cities to better manage traffic flow reduce the amount of time citizens spend in gridlock, saving time and money and reducing the stress of idling in traffic. But there are more ways smart technologies save valuable time.

How two counties are building smarter cities (with platforms they already have)

03/08/2018

Two UK counties, now partners on smart street light installations, are ready to take their partnership several steps further. Essex and Hertfordshire county councils will use their street lighting networks as a platform to launch several smart city technology pilot projects. Click to learn more.

Meet our 2018 Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge winners

03/07/2018

The winners of our second-annual Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge have made great strides, advancing from pilots and talking about plans toward working on real solutions that deliver meaningful results. Meet our Class of 2018 and learn about the three critical traits they have in common.

Partner Spotlight: News for Cisco, Intel, Sensus, Microsoft and more

03/07/2018

Cisco, Intel contributed to Winter Olympic Games… Sensus communications network earns praise… AT&T and Microsoft invest in more renewables… Enel will build energy storage project in Germany… IBI Group picked for UK health and wellbeing hub. Click the links for details.

On the fence about smart street lights? Here are 4 reasons why you shouldn't wait

02/22/2018

Are smart street lights near the top of your smart cities transformation to-do list? If not, your city could be left behind. Enhanced public safety and energy efficiency are essential — but smart street lighting networks offer another key smart city ingredient: connectivity. Click to find out how, and why it matters.

Taking a second look at Denver's transit-focused smart city project

02/15/2018

Denver, Colorado, already considered a progressive city, is building what you might call a 'smart district' complete with a partially solar-powered microgrid, LED street lighting, preparations for driverless vehicles and more. Click for details about the city's ambitious project. You may find ideas your city can use.

West Sacramento: Smart cities efforts will be felt, not necessarily seen

02/15/2018

From predictive analytics to sentiment analysis, West Sacramento has been dabbling in smart cities projects. Learn how the city used a Smart Cities Council Readiness Workshop to lay the groundwork for more meaningful day-to-day improvements in the lives of all residents.

Readiness Challenge Update: Turning Newport News into an innovation hub

02/06/2018

It started with efforts to solve a tough traffic problem, but Newport News, Virginia, is fully embracing smart cities approaches to improve lives for its residents. See how our 2017 Readiness Challenge finalist used its Readiness Workshop to explore solutions and get ideas for your own city.

How technology is plugging the leaks in water-stressed East African capitals

02/01/2018

Water leaks are an expensive nuisance for utilities and their customers. But for water-stressed countries and cities, water losses can be far more serious – and in extreme cases life-threatening. Read on to learn how technology is helping two water-short cities preserve their precious water resources.

Meet our 2018 Readiness Challenge Grant finalists (and one humanitarian grant winner)

01/28/2018

Here are the 10 finalists for this year’s Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge Grants. Learn about their ambitious visions and the steps they’re already taking to achieve them. Also, hear about our special award to help Puerto Rico recover faster from last year’s devastating hurricane.

Can 'safe injection sites' help curb opioid addiction? Philly and other cities say yes

01/25/2018

Philadelphia and other cities want to use safe injection sites — places where opioid addicts can use illegal drugs in a safe, medically-controlled environment — to reduce addiction and overdose-related deaths. Read our story to find out why.

Why it’s time for cities to get smart about energy storage

01/18/2018

As cities commit to becoming smarter and more sustainable about how they operate and provide services, energy network upgrades are often the first step on their journey. Read on to learn why energy storage has an increasingly important role in smart city energy transformations — and their success.

Can an earthquake early warning app save lives? LA's betting on it

01/17/2018

A minute may not sound like much time, but it can be enough to get out of danger before a major earthquake strikes. That's why Los Angeles is expanding its early warning system to send alerts to smartphones as part of its extensive earthquake preparedness initiative.

Update: All states on board for new public safety broadband network

01/04/2018

It's unanimous. All 50 states have decided to opt-in in to what will be the country's first nationwide public safety broadband communications network. Click to learn about how the new network is expected to improve emergency response times, disaster recovery and first responder efficiency.

Trending: the demand for IT professionals continues

12/26/2017

A new report says companies in many cities expect to add IT professionals to their staffs in the first half of 2018, as they have been this year. Cities looking for talent to help them with their smart city initiatives should be aware that competition for those skilled professionals is expected to remain strong.

How internet over power lines could be a solution for underserved communities

12/13/2017

We tend to take internet access for granted, but it's not available in many rural areas or even in some urban and suburban locations. A new field trial of internet over power line technology could be a big step toward bringing high-speed broadband to more people. Read on for details.

Food security for cities: Getting serious about urban farming

12/07/2017

Cities face a unique set of problems — and food security has emerged as one of them. As cities grow, agricultural lands around them shrink. Millions of people don't get enough to eat and many cities have food deserts. A Michigan university and the city of Detroit are working together to do something about it.

How an innovative education strategy could help grow the high-tech talent pool

12/06/2017

Why would a technology company want to build a public high school on its corporate campus? To give students the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed in high-tech professions — and help fill a troublesome talent gap. Click to learn more.

Lessons storm-prone cities can learn from Puerto Rico (think microgrids)

11/30/2017

It's been a little more than two months since Hurricane Maria ripped through Puerto Rico. As of now, a little more than half of Puerto Rico's power has been restored — and that has focused more attention on the contributions microgrids can make to electric grid resilience.

How connected lighting can make the built environment more efficient – and livable

11/30/2017

Just as connected cities enable greater operating efficiencies and support a more convenient and livable urban environment, there are apps capable of achieving the same for buildings. Read on to find out how connected lighting can improve the way we live and work in the built environment.

How sensors can help city buses "see" better (and make your city safer)

11/20/2017

It's commonly accepted that bus riders are far safer than car occupants. But collisions between buses and bicyclists and pedestrians do happen. A collaboration between two tech companies has focused on making buses even more safe — and helping cities keep a closer eye on how safe their streets really are.

Tight budget? Maybe it's time to get creative about your smart city project financing

11/16/2017

It's not difficult to justify smart city initiatives that successfully meet the needs of growing urban populations. But it can be a finance officer's nightmare to find a way to pay for them. Click to learn about a new financing option designed to help cash-strapped cities make their smart city vision a reality.

These three tech tools can help keep our citizens safe (and our first responders, too)

11/09/2017

Just as driverless cars are expected to dramatically change the future of transportation, innovative technologies are expected to change how police, fire and emergency medical agencies protect citizens — and the personnel who provide those services — for the better.

How we travel is changing – and San Diego (among others) is in the driver's seat

11/02/2017

Autonomous cars — vehicles that drive themselves — are coming. And they will change (and challenge) almost everything we think we know about urban mobility. Read on for examples of how San Diego and other regions are responding to the challenge. Think of them as pioneers, and consider the possibility that your city could be one, too.

Bristol takes the lead as the UK's smartest smart city. Here's why...

10/26/2017

The UK has long been considered a hotbed of smart city innovation and progress, with London at the top of the list. But as of earlier this week, that spotlight is shining on Bristol. Read our story to find out why (and what your city can do to be like Bristol).

How Brooklyn is on the cusp of getting a community-owned microgrid

10/18/2017

For resilience and other reasons, microgrids are worth considering, but the journey to build one can be quite bumpy. There are already 800 people on the waiting list for one that’s about to come online in Brooklyn. Here’s what it took — and where else the concept could work.

What cities can do with social safety nets (and data) to reduce opioid addiction and deaths

10/12/2017

Opioids (both prescribed and illegal) cause more than 33,000 accidental deaths annually in the U.S. While city medical and social service agencies have committed to finding new ways to treat addiction, it's an extremely difficult task for several reasons. Read on to learn about new approaches, the challenges to implementing them and why data is essential.

Why partnerships and engagement are key strategies for building smart transportation networks

10/12/2017

Columbus, Ohio was awarded $50 million in the U.S. DOT's Smart City Challenge last year for its proposal to build a smarter, safer transportation network. Smart Cities Week attendees received a progress report on what the city and its partners have been doing since then — and why.

Yes, we DO need to provide mobility for everyone

10/05/2017

When we say inclusive mobility, it sounds fairly straightforward: access to affordable transportation for everyone. Providing equitable mobility for everyone might not be easy, but it's essential if we're all to have the opportunities to improve our quality of life. Read our story from Smart Cities Week to learn more.

Driverless cars: They're about a whole lot more than roads and traffic signals

10/04/2017

Driverless vehicles are expected to have a major impact on cities within the next few years, and that impact will reach far beyond roads and streets, according to a panel of experts speaking at Smart Cities Week 2017. Read on to learn why they say city planners probably have a much bigger job ahead of them than they expect.

How cities are starting to see the light about smart streetlights

08/17/2017

Smart streetlights are a typical first step for smart city upgrades. They're an ideal showcase to familiarize citizens with smart technologies, plus the payoff in energy savings is immediate. And city leaders are realizing that smart streetlights can do a lot more to enhance a city's livability than simply light up their streets.

How 5 cities are using technology to reduce the harmful effects of dirty air

08/08/2017

Outdoor air pollution claims 1.3 million lives every year. Children are particularly at risk. And the number of deaths is expected to rise due to climate change. Read how cities from Hamburg to Oakland are using data, sensors and some novel technologies to reduce death and disease from dirty air.

How breastfeeding helps moms, babies and entire communities (and the role tech plays)

08/02/2017

The nutritional benefits of breastfeeding are pretty well known. But what about the economic advantages? Reports suggest that every $1 invested in breastfeeding generates $35 in economic returns. Read more about global efforts to encourage breastfeeding – and how technology is helping.

Ripe for growth: Amid world food crisis, agtech to the rescue

08/01/2017

A Singapore news site calls agriculture technology “the new farming tool to boost food security.” Venture arms of tech giants Qualcomm and Cisco recently invested in an Israeli digital ag startup. New Zealand farmers are cutting costs with IoT technology from Schneider Electric. Clearly agtech is booming; read why it matters.

How and why connected cars and IoT will drive massive cybersecurity spending

07/27/2017

Accelerated spending on cybersecurity is widely anticipated in all forms of transportation as they become increasingly connected — and vulnerable. So now would be the ideal time for cities preparing for connected and driverless cars to consider their cybersecurity readiness if they haven't done it already.

STEM progress? Big jump in girls and minorities taking AP computer science exam

07/26/2017

A Seattle nonprofit crunched the numbers from the AP College Board and found the number of girls taking the AP computer science exam doubled this year over 2016 and the number of minorities nearly tripled. But Code.org's CEO says there's still more work to do.

From apps to arms to spendy cleanups: Is there a right way to handle homeless camps?

07/24/2017

Homeless camps have grown 30% in Oakland in the last two years. They're growing in Honolulu too, prompting one councilman to propose armed park rangers to keep public spaces safe. Is that the solution? Are there better ones? Learn what cities from Anchorage to Sydney are doing.

Panasonic's Kid Witness News global summit nurtures a new generation of leaders

07/24/2017

Panasonic's Kid Witness News educational program is now in 18 countries, supplying schools with video production equipment that enables students to report on the world through their eyes. Next week the company hosts its first KWN summit in Japan. It promises to be eye-opening; find out why.

From the UK: A glimpse at fascinating new technologies with life-changing potential

07/18/2017

A post from the UK offers a fascinating glimpse at 24 technologies that could potentially improve a lot of lives. We provide a peek at five that are focused on wellness, including a Skype-like app for older folks and 3D printed bionic hands for amputees.

Connecting rural communities: New efforts to help those left behind

07/17/2017

Mention smart cities and most think of big cities steeped in the Internet of Things, with free Wi-Fi hotspots on every corner. But if the goal is to use smart technologies to improve lives and livelihoods, small rural communities have some big needs. Read what companies like AT&T and Microsoft are doing about that.

Facial recognition, DNA matching help reunite China's homeless with their families

07/15/2017

Shanghai Rescue Station uses advanced technologies to help locate the families of the homeless and mentally ill people it rescues every year, including seniors and children. And it's working; read how DNA testing helped reunite a daughter with her 70-year-old father after he'd been missing 20 years.

$1 million Toyota impact grant promotes upward mobility for homeless women and children

07/11/2017

Many large companies are locating in Collin County, Texas and thousands of new homes are being built there. Yet approximately 3,000 women in the county experience homelessness; many of them have children. Read how a new nonprofit collaborative, aided by a $1 million grant, aims to help them.

Battling diabetes: Tech giants, inventors, mayors and service clubs are on the front lines

07/10/2017

As the world’s diabetes epidemic worsens, IBM, Qualcomm and Microsoft technologies have joined the battle. Columbus, Georgia’s mayor has signed on. So have 47,000 Lions Clubs. And then there's Dana Lewis; don't miss what she's doing to help diabetes sufferers like herself.

New initiatives take on youth homelessness. Will they help?

07/09/2017

As the number of young people without stable housing grows to crisis levels in many parts of the world, efforts to intervene multiply. Boston public schools will have homeless liaisons. Social Benefit Bonds are funding a pilot in Queensland. Even the private sector is stepping up.

Update: Are we really making progress on self-driving cars?

06/28/2017

There are some tough questions that need answers as states, cities and regions decide how (and how much) they're going to accommodate autonomous vehicles – self-driving cars, trucks and more. Some jurisdictions are moving forward quickly while others are holding back. Our story explains some of the reasons why.

How Okotoks became a North American water conservation leader

06/22/2017

Canadians use a lot of water. The country is ranked among the highest in the world for water consumption. So it's more than a little surprising that a small Alberta town has emerged as a role model for its efforts to reduce water use. Read our story to learn how they did it.

Is your city stuck in traffic? Maybe you should try Louisville's approach

06/14/2017

Louisville, Kentucky isn't a major metropolis but it has big city traffic problems. It's ranked as one of the top 50 in the country for traffic congestion. So the city's turning to technology solutions for help – and planning to tackle traffic snarls in a way that might appeal to other cities with similar headaches.

Challenge Grant Update: How Orlando's planning for smart growth

06/07/2017

Orlando has one of the fastest-growing job markets in the U.S. — which is also making its population one of the fastest-growing too. Learn how it’s using its Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge Grant to grow smarter to stretch resources and deliver a strong quality of life.

New UK report offers insights on technologies that battle social isolation and loneliness

05/24/2017

Innovative technologies can improve the physical and mental well-being of people who suffer from loneliness and lack of social connections. A new report highlights examples, such as Australia's InTouch Living system.

Miami's enhanced resilience plan: a lesson for other cities?

02/09/2017

Like many large cities, Miami is wrestling with the challenges of growing populations and aging infrastructure. But the coastal city has another big problem: increasingly frequent tidal flooding. If your city is facing similar challenges, Miami's action plan may provide ideas and solutions you can use.

Smart Cities Council Announces Winners of Smart Cities Readiness Challenge Grants

02/08/2017

Smart Cities Council, the world’s largest smart cities network, announced today that Austin, Indianapolis, Miami, Orlando and Philadelphia are the five winners of the Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge Grant program. Over 130 cities were involved in the application process. The winning cities will receive a tailored Readiness Workshop during 2017 to develop a roadmap for applying smart technologies to further innovation, inclusion and investment within their cities.

Tech Republic: One of these 10 municipalities may be the next smartest city in the US

02/06/2017

Ten cities were selected as finalists in the Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge Grant program recently. Of those finalists, the five winning cities will receive readiness workshops geared to their particular smart cities needs in addition to technology and services to be provided by Council partners.

Statescoop: Smart state initiative sails onward in Illinois

02/06/2017

State officials and partners gathered to map out their strategy for transforming Illinois into a smart state at the Smart State Roadmap Workshop recently. The two-day workshop, held by the Smart Cities Council, addressed sensors and Internet of Things, citizen engagement, services delivery and much more.

Smart street lighting: Where do we go from here?

02/02/2017

City street lights aren't just a light on a post anymore. They're getting smarter all the time and hosting a variety of applications that benefit citizens by helping cities run more smoothly and cost-effectively. But what's next? Read our story to learn about trends and developments that may help answer that question.

An app store for... smart grid? (It's important for smart cities too.)

01/26/2017

It's a challenge for both utilities and cities to provide the best services they can while managing complex technologies and keeping costs down. Wouldn't it be great if there was an easier way to access and deliver apps to meters, sensors and other devices to boost their functionality – and value? Now there is. Think of it as an "app store."

Driverless shuttles: another step toward smarter urban mobility?

01/26/2017

While driverless vehicles are in various stages of development and testing, it's becoming abundantly clear that they will be part of the urban landscape in the future. Read our story to learn about a driverless passenger shuttle bus making the rounds in several U.S. cities

Need help paying for smart city projects? More resources you can use

01/18/2017

Smart cities offer a sustainable place to live and work. But if your city is like so many others it may not have the bucks to invest in the projects and technologies that make a city smart. Read our story to learn about financing models and sources (and a program that helps cities in developing countries improve their credit rating).

A new tool that could help you get to the bottom of your traffic troubles

01/11/2017

As the costs of highway congestion continue to grow dramatically, a new effort could give your city what it really needs to make a difference: robust, accurate and meaningful data. Learn how the effort could not only get traffic flowing, but also improve safety.

Partner Spotlight: News for Panasonic, Huawei, Itron, Siemens, IBM and more

01/05/2017

Panasonic's new partnership... Itron's MDM recognized... IBM's hybrid cloud goes to sea... ZTE and Huawei boost 5G-ready mobile equipment production... Siemens wins federal government energy savings contracts... CH2M supports USAID humanitarian efforts. Click the links for details.

Stuck in a rut? Why Boston is asking its people for new ideas

12/20/2016

The city of Boston has undertaken a number of IoT-based smart city pilot projects, but hasn't always been impressed with the results of their investments. To ensure it doesn't happen again, the city is asking the public and professionals to weigh in and share their thoughts and expertise.

Smart payment technologies (and why they help smart cities deliver on their promise)

12/14/2016

Cost-effectiveness and efficiency are essential for smart cities to run smoothly and provide the level of service citizens expect. Read our story to learn how smart payment technologies can help ensure those undertakings are successful.

Thank your universities (because they're filling the smart cities talent gap)

11/30/2016

Because a smart city's success depend so heavily on complex systems and technologies, one question often asked is: where do we find the skilled tech professionals capable of operating and administering them? Fortunately, more and more universities and other institutions are stepping up to fill the talent gap.

Tomorrow's schools: Lessons from Pittsburgh, San Antonio, Chicago and more

12/01/2016

What will tomorrow's schools look like? Several cities are already building them, earning an economic advantage from companies hungry for well-skilled workers. From after-school STEM programs and tablet computers to virtual schools and virtual reality, here are some ideas to consider.

How one city plans to get smarter (and share how they did it with others)

11/22/2016

One of the big challenges on the path to becoming a smart city is figuring out how to do a better job of providing services for citizens when city resources are limited. Read the story to learn how Bellevue, Washington and partners will develop a tool to do just that—and share it with other cities.

Partner Spotlight: News for Siemens, Transdev, Itron, Cubic Transportation and more

11/22/2016

A blockchain microgrid partnership for Siemens... Cubic Transportation wins UK contract... recognition for Transdev... Itron's Australia water distribution automation project and a clean energy company award for Schneider Electric. Click the links for details.

Disaster planning: why natural defenses can help your city

11/17/2016

For coastal communities subject to frequent destructive storms, there may be a line of defense that is helping to lessen their impact. New research indicates that coastal wetlands have been responsible for significant reductions in property damage. But we're not doing enough to protect them.

Want a truly resilient smart city? Then let's talk microgrids

11/16/2016

Connecticut was hit hard by massive storms (including Hurricane Sandy) that caused major power outages and extensive property damage a few years ago. That had a lot to with why the state quickly launched a program to fund microgrid construction: to limit outages and lessen the aftermath. Read our story for an update.

How technology helps cities prepare for (and respond to) disasters

11/16/2016

As weather patterns change and become more unpredictable, it is essential for cities to be able to quickly and comprehensively respond to disasters. Here are some approaches you can use to ensure you are deploying emergency personnel and equipment precisely where and when they're needed.

People need safe water: How to see issues before they bubble to the surface

11/17/2016

How can water utilities effectively and efficiently protect their delivery networks against floods and other disasters? Black & Veatch shares technologies they can use to better inform their decision-making and meet customer expectations of clean, safe water.

Is predictive policing right for your smart city?

11/10/2016

Until relatively recently, police work typically involved reacting to events as they happened or shortly after. And anticipating crime was largely a combination of officers' intuition and experience. Predictive policing is a different approach that could very well be changing the future of law enforcement. Read our story to learn how.

Discover how the Internet of Things is driving more cost-efficient cities

11/08/2016

Leaders struggling to do more with less should not ignore the benefits the Internet of Things brings to internal government operations. Cost efficiencies are chief among them. Click for real-life examples and to download a new IoT white paper from the Council and Microsoft.

Is your city doing enough to protect against cyberattacks? (Survey says probably not)

11/03/2016

Cities are buzzing with excitement about what they can accomplish with their smart city projects and the technologies that enable them. But by overlooking or failing to take action on security vulnerabilities, IT professionals warn the benefits from those technologies could be short-lived.

How a Denver solar-plus-storage project will benefit the city -- and the grid

11/02/2016

Council Associate Partner Panasonic, energy storage company Younicos and electric utility Xcel are working together on a solar-plus-storage system for a Panasonic operations hub. Read the story to learn how it will benefit a community development and the electric grid, too.

How cities around the world are enhancing urban lifestyles with the Internet of Things

11/03/2016

Wondering how the Internet of Things can deliver valuable benefits in your neighborhoods and downtowns? Click for a new white paper produced by the Smart Cities Council and Microsoft; it's loaded with examples of IoT in action in cities around the world.

"Lighthouse City:" A brighter, smarter future for Washington, D.C.

10/27/2016

With a smart street light pilot project successfully wrapped up, Washington, D.C. technology and transportation officials are moving ahead with partner Cisco on an ambitious citywide smart cities upgrade that will cut the district's operating costs and pave the way for a variety of smart city benefits.

How the Colorado DOT plans to connect cars and roads to make driving safer

10/26/2016

The Colorado Department of Transportation wants to make a particularly troublesome Interstate freeway that passes through the state safer and more efficient. The solution? Provide a platform that allows cars, drivers and the road a way to share information.

Take a second look at how you're managing city resources (think materials)

10/27/2016

Many cities are focused on software and sensor technologies to help them manage resources like buildings and streets. But what about the materials used to build them? Read on to learn how integrating materials science can lead to smarter, more efficient resource management – and higher quality infrastructure.

How a school's major energy upgrade will save almost $1 million a year (and help pay for itself)

10/20/2016

A major energy system upgrade for a Boston-area community college will not only transform the school into a green campus and provide more comfortable facilities, it also is expected to save nearly $860,000 in annual energy costs. Read the story for details.

Partner Spotlight: News for Ooredoo, IBM, Siemens, Panasonic and more

10/20/2016

A major power plant contract for Black & Veatch... recognition for S&C Electric... Ooredoo's data center upgrades... IBM and Siemens partner on health... and Panasonic and Schneider Electric are making building and energy management simpler. Click the links for details.

Smart Cities Council Awards Innovative Start-Ups for Commitment to Connectivity and Climate during Smart Cities Week

10/19/2016

Smart Cities Council, the world’s largest smart cities network, honored three start-up companies for their commitment to providing municipalities with effective solutions to manage urban growth during Smart Cities Week in Washington, D.C. last month. Placemeter won the Innovation Alley Connectivity Award, while StratIS and OperaSoft were both awarded the Environmental Impact Award.

UK study: Who are smart cities going to help the most?

10/12/2016

Understanding citizen expectations and needs is essential for a successful smart city roadmap. But what's the best way to do it? UK researchers plan to identify the types of citizens likely to benefit from and engage the most with smart city technologies and policies. Read our story to learn how and why.

How Maharashtra plans to become India's first digitally connected state

10/13/2016

India's state of Maharashtra has taken the country's digital and manufacturing initiatives to heart in a big way. And to help the realize its ambitious vision, Cisco will deliver a new manufacturing hub, a smart city, education and training programs and more.

Local governments reveal top priorities, biggest barriers in smart tech adoption

10/13/2016

A survey of nearly 500 city and county administrators across the U.S. identified smart city technologies as a top priority in the public safety sector. What most described as the biggest barrier to implementation, however, may not surprise you.

Planning for your smart city's future? How two tools you may already have can help

10/06/2016

Planning a smart city isn't easy, in large part because a successful smart city roadmap needs to extend well into the future, not just the next few years. Read the story to learn about the tools two Virginia local governments are using to ensure that future is a sustainable, livable one.

How the Council and federal government are investing to make cities smarter

09/28/2016

The Smart Cities Council and federal government kicked off Smart Cities Week with announcements of new investments to help cities leverage smart cities technologies. Learn about the White House’s new $80 million dollar investment and how you can get one of the five Smart Cities Council challenge grants.

4 best practices for how to get smart cities right

09/29/2016

It's not easy to come up with a set of recommendations for how cities can best make their smart city visions reality… because all cities are different, with different populations and different needs. But there are some lessons learned by successful cities that can help guide yours to success, too.

Why microgrids will be essential for smart cities

09/29/2016

Microgrids aren't quite center stage yet, but they will be critical to ensuring the strong, reliable electric networks smart cities and their all-important communications systems will depend on in the not-so-distant future. Read our dispatch from Smart Cities Week to learn more about the role microgrids will likely have in our energy future.

How do you build a solid communications network (and build value on top of it)?

09/27/2016

A city can’t be smart without a resilient, strong communications network to tie it together. But how does a city go about deciding the right path to success? Read the story to get advice on the topic from some of the experts speaking at Smart Cities Week.

White House Commitment: Smart Cities Council Challenge Grants

09/26/2016

The Smart Cities Council commits to award five Smart Cities Council Challenge Grants to help five American cities apply smart technologies to improve urban livability, workability and sustainability. For each of the five winning cities, the Council will deliver a tailored one-day Readiness Program during the 2017 calendar year.

Partner Spotlight: News for Oracle, Qualcomm, Current, Siemens, Cubic Transportation and more

09/22/2016

Oracle's Center of Excellence... Qualcomm and GE's Current partner on smart buildings... a Dubai parks project for Siemens... Cubic picked for Singapore fare collection system... Black & Veatch wins honors... Click the links for details.

How one school district solved a critical problem (and saved money too)

09/22/2016

After a long statewide budget impasse, several Pennsylvania school districts faced possible school closures. But one district, plagued with HVAC system failures and maintenance problems, decided to invest in a $3.4 million system upgrade despite the financial uncertainty. Read the story to learn why.

One way cities can stay on top of waste collection (Think sensors)

09/20/2016

No one likes to see piles of trash on and around trash containers, and those unexpected overflows generate citizen complaints and unscheduled trips to empty them. Edinburgh, Scotland is trying out a sensor-based solution and city officials are liking what they see so far.

Need to keep your smart city project costs down? Consider doing two at a time

09/20/2016

It seems like there's never enough money for everything city leaders would like to do to improve or add needed services. But by choosing the right upgrade projects, you might be able to save serious money by deploying two at the same time. That's what Enel is doing. Read the story to find out how.

2 smart healthcare trends that are saving lives (and cutting costs)

09/14/2016

Two trends are changing healthcare – and cities and their medical facilities should be prepared for them if they're to maintain a competitive edge. Read the story to learn about an emerging approach that puts patients first and advances in wireless health technologies that provide better care at reduced costs.

How Finland's making a good health care system even better

09/15/2016

Finland, already known for its healthcare technology innovations, has ambitious plans to further improve the health of its citizens as well as its healthcare system. With help from IBM's cognitive computing technologies, the country envisions becoming one of the world's top data-led hospital systems.

Why microgrids should be part of your smart city plans

09/13/2016

As cities move away from fossil fuels and toward a smart energy network of renewable energy sources and distributed generation, the technologies needed to support those networks are evolving rapidly. Click to learn about a hybrid microgrid demonstration project that could increase the demand for microgrids as solutions for integrating renewables and backup power sources during outages.

Partner Spotlight: News for Schneider Electric, Siemens, Enevo, CH2M and more

09/08/2016

Siemens' new grid automation system... Enevo's smart waste management partnership... Black & Veatch Hong Kong Airport water project... CH2M consults on Toronto transit rail service expansion... Intel's computer vision tech acquisition. Click the links for details.

Vehicle-to-grid technology: It could be a smart idea for smart cities

09/01/2016

Vehicle-to-grid technology, the concept of using electric vehicles to help manage the electric grid, could be a step closer to reality if Council Associate Partner Enel and its partners have anything to say about it. They have developed and installed a commercial system at a Danish utility and consider it a major step in addressing the technology's challenges.

What are the feds doing for smart cities? More than you might think

09/01/2016

Does your city have the financing and technological know-how it needs to plan and deploy smart transportation and mobility projects? If not, read our story for details about examples of programs the U.S. Department of Transportation has in place that may meet your needs.

How combining technologies can take a huge bite out of your cooling costs

08/25/2016

During peak summer months, the heat in Persian Gulf states is extreme — so extreme that about 70% of the region's electricity demand is for cooling. Click to find out about a building management solution that can dramatically reduce energy costs and make your city more sustainable.

Smart idea: why Oracle's building a high school on its corporate campus

08/25/2016

Earlier this year Oracle announced it would invest $200 million in U.S. computer science education as part of a larger global initiative. But company leaders wanted to take their education initiatives further. The company is now building a public high school on its corporate campus to teach students problem-solving skills and more. Read the story to learn what's behind the strategy.

Steal these ideas from top Asia-Pacific smart city projects

08/23/2016

A total of 14 projects were recognized as the top smart city initiatives in Council Associate Partner IDC's annual Smart City Asia-Pacific Awards for 2016. Click to the site to learn about two of the award-winning projects and find strategies and approaches you can use for your own smart city transformations.

Three smart city funding sources you may not have thought about

08/18/2016

One of the biggest challenges cities face when considering smart city transformations is cost. Installing and integrating the technologies that make smart cities work is expensive and many cities are simply unable to afford them. Read the story for funding ideas that may help your city reach its goals.

Why Kansas City leaders want a smart city (and how they're doing it)

08/16/2016

When Kansas City moved forward in May with a smart city pilot project, city leaders went with a small section of the city's core area because they wanted to be sure it worked before committing to a more ambitious smart city upgrade. Read the story for details on phase two, which will add new services and expand the area covered.

Developing the smart city workforce: It doesn't always happen in the classroom

08/16/2016

CH2M, the Nature Conservancy and a Pennsylvania high school have won a prestigious mentoring award for a program they developed to teach STEM skills to students. But the important part of the story is what the program is accomplishing and how it and others like it can contribute to the skilled work force smart cities need. Click for details.