Is your city's quality of life as good as it could be? A new report outlines several ways cities committed to their citizens' wellbeing can do more to ensure a truly livable future for them.
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.
Cary, one of our 2018 Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge winners, last week held its Readiness Workshop. The town already has a clear view of how all the elements of community need to come together. See how it used its workshop to continue those efforts.
Sensus helps a water utility grow to meet demand… Huawei's model digital city… Enel's quest for better solar PV… Cisco partners on smart pavement and safer roads… Hatch's First Nations powerline project. Click the links for details.
Can connected car technology significantly reduce traffic accidents and congestion? Read our story to learn about a collaboration focused on ensuring the answer to that question is a resounding "yes."
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.
Old black-smoke-belching stoves in India lead to problems ranging from climate change to lung disease. But an innovative program that pairs rich analytics with incentives is getting Indian households to quickly embrace cleaner stoves. See how.
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.
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.
Ten years ago, most people in Montreal wanted solutions to speed their travel by car. Now, they want to decide how to get to their destination. See how it, Kansas City and the state of California are shifting their thinking.
The first City Readiness Hub at Smart Cities Week paired cities at different stages in their smart cities journey. Get highlights of the advice West Sacramento received from Chula Vista to begin crafting its smart cities action plan.
The first City Readiness Hub at Smart Cities Week paired cities at different stages in their smart cities journey. Get highlights of the advice San Miguel de Allende received from Las Vegas to deal with rapidly growing tourism without destroying its historic character.
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.
San Mateo County and its partners are collaborating on solving the region's most critical problems—and want to use the data and experiences they collect to guide future planning. Here's how they expect to do it.
Most cities want to become more innovative, but how do you create an environment where that actually happens? Leaders from Silicon Valley’s most innovative cities share their top tips for success.
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.
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.
As more cities commit to making their cities smarter, the list of innovative ways they use technology to achieve their goals increases. This story includes examples of that innovation from Smart Cities Council Challenge Grant winners.
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.
If you haven’t talked to your utilities about your smart cities efforts, you’re missing out on valuable help. And the first Electric Companies Advancing Cities Summit at Smart Cities Week Silicon Valley aims to make that assistance even more valuable. Learn how.
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.
If you're attending Smart Cities Week Silicon Valley and attended one or both sessions on wellbeing, you would know the answer to those questions. But the simple answer is yes, you can measure the wellbeing of your citizens. Read on to learn why you should.
Smart cities are not about technology — they are about people. Leaders from cities throughout Silicon Valley, an area known for being at the forefront of technological innovation, shared how they’re using technology to better serve their people.
We don't know exactly what the future of mobility will look like, but the trends building momentum now make it clear integration will be a major 'theme' — integrated transportation options and the integrated operating systems that make them possible.
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.
Where are you in your smart cities efforts? A new study finds half of cities worldwide have someone directing their smart cities initiatives. The good news is that if you’re behind, there’s time to catch up — or even leap ahead.
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.
What are cities like yours planning and doing? From electric and water meters to data management systems and traffic controllers, here are 10 of the biggest projects that are now in the planning or implementation phases.
When we typically think of the homeless, we think of people who’ve been on the streets for years. But many of Los Angeles’s homeless are newly homeless. And providing more early help could sharply reduce chronic homelessness.
Electric scooters are flooding the sidewalks of some cities as the companies that rent them are racing to establish market share. The cities are now struggling in a race they didn’t enter. See how they’re coping and how they’re approaching regulations.
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.
We typically talk about the value of EVs in terms of their reduced emissions, an important benefit in combatting climate change. But they can also be a key contributor to the stability of your power grid. Read on to find out how.
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.
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.
Data is essential to smart cities, but cities need to do more than just crunch it. They need to persuade the public to trust them with it. From hardening your cybersecurity to developing a solid communications strategy, here’s how to earn that trust.
Do you take cybersecurity seriously in your city? From embarrassment to loss of federal funds and other enforcement actions, breaches have consequences. Read on to see why cybersecurity needs to be a top priority.
The fifth SM@RT URBANATION summit in India brought together more than 1,500 smart cities experts and practitioners to explore the future of cities. Check out the key ideas and some emerging technologies worth noting.
Telecom companies are busy preparing to roll out their 5G networks that promise significantly faster download speeds, the ability to move massive amounts of data with less time delay, improved reliability and more. The benefits for smart cities are expected to be significant, too.
What are cities like yours planning and doing? From advanced metering and geographical information systems to integrated cameras and logistics centers, here are some of the biggest municipal projects that are in the works.
Smart, digital cities will have an economic advantage over old-fashioned, analog communities. Accelerate your progress with the help of your local power utility. Here’s how to get started.
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.
While the goal for most cities is shared transportation, today a lack of parking causes unnecessary congestion, frustration and emissions. From helping the disabled to boosting the economy, here are a few good reasons to embrace smart parking.
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.
Did you know that traffic engineers can spend three-quarters of their days crunching data and preparing reports? Learn how a comprehensive analytics strategy can put them to work developing real solutions to your traffic troubles.
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.
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.
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.
Blind people and those with low vision have their own navigation aids and skills, but getting around town can still be a challenge and limit their independent mobility. A new audio mobile phone app could change that for many.
Change is a constant. Here are seven emerging technologies and trends that could have an impact on your city. Get a glimpse of what’s coming so you can deliver the biggest impact for your residents.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Los Angeles, rated the world's most traffic-clogged city, will lower speed limits on some city streets — and raise them on others — as part of an initiative to reduce traffic fatalities. It's complicated, but we'll try to explain.
What makes a smart city smart? It’s a focus on people: The people it serves, the real issues they have, and a meaningful collaboration with everyone who can help. Check out three winning principles in action.
What are cities like yours planning and doing? From smart meters and communications networks, to transit audits and parking optimization, here are some of the biggest projects in the works in cites this month.
Smart street lights can be a powerful platform to address other city pain points, such as collecting mobility data, directing people to parking or improving the delivery of city services. Get ideas from these winning hackathon apps.
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.
What makes street lighting projects work? Whether you’re building a business case or getting ready to launch an initiative, make these critical success factors part of your project plan.
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.
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.
We already know green buildings are more energy-efficient, healthier places for people to live and work. But a study led by Harvard University has assigned dollar amounts to their environmental and health benefits — and those amounts are staggering.
Orlando, one of our 2017 Readiness Challenge winners, announced ambitious plans to digitize all of its city services. Learn about its design academy that prioritizes empathy for residents and see why a similar effort could pay off in your city.
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.
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.
What smart cities projects are cities planning? From radar traffic counters to security system replacement and expansion, here is a sampling of some of the biggest city projects that are now in the works.
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.
Is your city ready for autonomous vehicles? They’re coming. But learn why smart cities are acting today, taking the wheel and helping to shape how those vehicles will eventually be used on their streets.
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.
Traffic congestion is spendy for drivers. Think of the time and money wasted just to plod along city streets at a snail's pace. But it could get even spendier in New York City's Manhattan if a pay-to-drive plan is approved. And that could be a good thing.
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.
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.
Some commuters in Sacramento soon won’t have to wait for the bus. They won’t even have to walk to it. See why the city is venturing into territory that used to be the exclusive domain of ride-hailing companies and why your city may want to do the same.
A combination of new and enhanced programs are a major step toward improving clean energy access for California's low-income renters and affordable housing owners – and the availability of safer, more affordable homes. Click to learn more.
While the job market may seem red-hot, automation and artificial intelligence have the potential to claim 10% or more of your city’s jobs. Take these four steps today to help your citizens thrive tomorrow.
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.
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.
Global demand for electric cars (EVs) has grown significantly, particularly in the past two years. But that's not the only reason why cities should be prepared for a transportation future that will be largely electric. Click to learn more.
What smart cities projects are cities planning? From citywide data services and E-911 to green infrastructure and bicycle facilities, here is a sampling of some of the biggest city projects that are now in the works.
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.
Parking in San Francisco can be a real challenge, and that's putting it nicely. The city's transportation agency recently rolled out a new program to free up more spaces — and it’s all about the parking meter.
LED streetlighting projects are a good first smart city project for several reasons. And the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico intends to take advantage of as many of them as possible.
Rural cooperatives recognize Sensus… Intel's face recognition tech… Panasonic tests driverless shuttle… Enel chosen for three California energy storage projects… Itron to upgrade Australian water network. Click the links for details.
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.
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.
Moscow hasn't attracted the kind of attention other major cities have for their smart cities initiatives. But that may be changing as a result of the city's multi-faceted My Street initiative.
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.
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.
From managing rising seas to developing strategies to help those who aren’t typically helped by big city projects, the first five Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge winners have made progress over the past year. Here’s what they’re up to.
What smart cities projects are cities planning? From homeless services and energy efficiency to networking and rapid transit, here is a sampling of some of the biggest city projects that are now in the works.
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.
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.
At the intersection of technology and a good design, smart cities are built right from the start with a stable, sustainable infrastructure at the core. Here's why your work toward that very big goal begins with the very small molecules that make up your building materials.
Ride-hailing services have certainly disrupted how we get around cities, but there is no reason that public transit can’t be part of the ongoing transformation. A new report analyzes why people use the services — and gives transit ideas to steal from them.
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.
In an active-shooter situation, can you image texting individual-specific evacuation instructions to everyone in harm’s way? The technology to do that is here today. Read on to see how GIS can keep your community safe.
Whether your policing ranks are short because of your budget or due to recruitment and retention issues, there’s a serious effort to use data to stretch the effectiveness of law enforcement. But is your data telling you what you think it is?
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.
The bar is set high for digital government services. Thanks to online retailers, people have high expectations. Cities also can’t afford to hold on to old systems with high transactional costs. As you make your transition, consider these four success factors.
How easy does your city make it for people to get information or conduct business digitally? If your answer is “not very,” you’re in danger. Learn what generation Z expects of digital services and how some cities are preparing today.
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).
The amount of affordable housing has plunged 60% over the past six years according to a new report, but one Philadelphia lawmaker says the city doesn’t have a housing problem, it has a jobs problem. See why that shift in thinking could raise living standards.
What smart cities projects are cities planning? From smart electrical meters and parking stations to streetscaping and emergency communications, here is a sampling of some of the biggest city projects that are now in the works.
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.
Some 25% of Americans don’t have internet access. Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney says that’s the kind of gap that prevents cities from becoming smart cities. Learn how this Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge Grant winner plans to turn equality into an economic boost.
Milton Keynes is far from the only community in the UK making real progress with its smart city initiatives, but its creative new partnerships are bound to drive it further toward its goals of inclusivity and business and industry development.
What does it take to make a smart cities initiative successful? At Smart Cities Week, five tech leaders from cities around the world shared their best advice for ensuring your next initiative is a smashing success.
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.
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.
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.
Climate change is already dealing out massive impacts. But Carl Pope, former head of the Sierra Club, says there is reason to be hopeful. And cities are the best places to start. Learn why and what’s holding them back.
One of the most valuable teammates you can have for a smart cities initiative isn’t at City Hall; it’s your electric utility. Learn how their impact can go far beyond the electricity they provide and how they can help you win the 2018 Smart Cities Readiness Challenge.
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.
The Smart Cities Council and the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) have forged a multi-pronged partnership to encourage smarter, more resilient, sustainable cities.
What smart cities projects are cities planning? From body cameras and cybersecurity to smart parking lots and an urban greenway, here is a sampling of some of the biggest city projects that are now in the works.
What makes a smart cities initiative successful? Regardless of a city’s size or location, many successful projects share key traits. These are the basic building blocks that deliver a strong return on investment.
The application process is open for the 2018 Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge Grants. Government jurisdictions throughout North America are eligible to win a year of mentoring, a custom Readiness Workshop and valuable products and services. Applications are due Nov. 10, 2017. Learn how to apply.
What makes a smart cities initiative successful? Regardless of a city’s size or location, many successful projects share 20 key traits. In the first of a two-part series, we look at 10 critical building blocks.
The consumer app market is exploding. In fact, it could quintuple in size over the next five years. And there’s something your city can do to get a piece of the action. Find out what it takes to run an effective hackathon.
You can often learn as much from smart cities projects that stumble as you can from those that are a huge success. Here are 12 leading project pitfalls — and what you can do to avoid making the same mistakes.
If you haven’t struggled yet with a water shortage, your time is coming — and likely soon. See how you can turn your data into a rich model that helps you make every drop of water count.
Is your electric utility selling units of power or providing a valuable service? Amory Lovins, co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute, says the 100-year-old business model no longer works. Here’s how to thrive for the next century.
Smart cities have been and will be impacted by two technological revolutions nobody planned. One has already occurred, the other is yet to play out. Find out what’s coming and what questions you should be asking.
Sustainable building projects are good for the environment, of course, but they can also help students learn better. Read on to learn about how they can provide a better learning environment, and how some sustainable features can double as playgrounds.
Are you developing the smart workforce that your businesses — and your city — need to thrive? See what cities like Cleveland, New York and others are doing to cultivate the next generation of smart citizens and gain a competitive edge.
What smart cities projects are cities planning? From green infrastructure to security cameras and license plate recognition, here is a sampling of some of the biggest city projects that are now in the works.
Are street lights worth it? Just ask Chicago. A project under way now not only provides the usual energy efficiency benefits — it will also create jobs. Find out how.
Smart street lights are a great initial smart cities project. But what else can you do with your investment? Here are seven great ideas to consider as you’re building your street lighting business case.
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.
An innovative initiative from UL honors programs that advance STEM learning through projects that tackle real environmental problems. Read about five E-STEM winners from Chicago to Calgary and how they’re helping improve lives and our planet.
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.
There’s a new ranking of the best states for data innovation. Read on to find out who topped the list and why — and what ideas you, regardless of your level of government, can borrow from them.
When you're tired, you're tired. And we all know driving while drowsy is dangerous. Read our story to learn about a newly developed technology designed to keep drivers awake — and safe.
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.
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.
Cities often leave it to vendors to ensure that their digital infrastructure is secure. But how can you be sure that you’re getting the protection you need? These three questions provide a great starting point.
The first rule in protecting your city’s data is to realize there is no single magic solution. Here are the three data security pillars — all of which need your attention — which you can use as a cybersecurity checklist.
Ransomware isn’t just affecting individual people — cities are getting attacked too. Attacks have serious consequences, but here are a few ideas to protect yourself from cities that are taking action.
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.
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.
Think tank CGAP wants to illustrate the impact that financial inclusion and microfinance have in improving the lives of low-income people through its annual photo contest. Click for details.
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 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 smart meters and green transportation to cybersecurity and fiber optics, here is an inside look at what cities like yours are investing in and planning.
What comes first: the technology or the people? Indianapolis, one of our Readiness Challenge Grant winners, offers an inspiring story of how data can (and should not be used) to serve your citizens better.
Cities wrestling with increasing traffic snarls and congestion are looking at a variety of ways to effectively deal with the problem. In the UK, one solution is the addition of smarter, faster passenger trains. Read our story to learn more.
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.
From the rapid growth of social impact investing to the emergence of artificial intelligence apps created by tech-oriented nonprofits, we're seeing some fascinating developments in the human services sector. Click for a look.
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.
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.
If we can build smart cities, why not smart military bases? That's the approach Maxwell Air Force Base and AT&T are taking to enhance base security with IoT technologies. And there's plenty of potential for more smart city tech at Maxwell and other bases.
If you could live anywhere for a year where would you go? And why? Eighteen different cities made a new list, but the “why” portion found lots of common ground. See what people want that could make your city more livable.
We’re in an age where convenience rules and people expect to be able to access services digitally. Learn how your city can improve service (and save money) by going digital by default.
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.
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.
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.
Don’t miss the new Digital City Services chapter of our Smart Cities Readiness Guide. In this excerpt, we tell you the one thing you should do to make citizens happier (and save money) — and the one mistake to avoid.
Cities are generating more data than ever, raising questions about how to store and process it all. Check out three good reasons to consider the cloud based on Oakland’s experience with its enterprise resource planning systems.
You might think Las Vegas, a resort city well-known for its nightlife, casinos and entertainment, would bet big on smart city projects. But city leaders are taking the opposite tack. Here's why.
Need a break from the gloom and doom served up in the daily headlines? Then click to read about some inspiring people motivated by compassion, aided by technology and determined to change lives for the better (with help from AT&T, Microsoft and Intel).
A new business accelerator based in Oldham, England is taking on the "poverty premium" – where poor people pay more for basic goods and services than wealthier folks. The Wayra Fair by Design Fund will support tech startups developing solutions.
An investment from the software giant's corporate giving arm will expand the Markle Foundation's Skillful initiative, a data-driven approach to helping workers succeed in today's digital economy. See how it works and who else is involved.
Digital services are the hallmark of a smart city – the outward manifestation of your infrastructure. Learn about the many flavors of digital services, excerpted from the newest addition to our Smart Cities Readiness Guide.
It may not be a city, but the SAS campus in Cary, NC, will model a number of smart cities technologies. From robust sensors and real-time analytics to on-site solar farms, see what you could do in your city.
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.
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.
Some streetlights in Spokane, Washington, are already demonstrating the benefits of connected technologies. Beyond energy conservation, learn how they’re helping the city measure its air quality like never before.
The number of car-share users has more than doubled over the past few years, giving commuters new options and cities cleaner air. Learn what motivates commuters and how the data could have long-term benefits.
From smart water and energy to greenways and open spaces, here is a look at the areas where cities are currently making their biggest investments.
There’s no question the app-based ride-hailing services Lyft and Uber have transformed the way people get around cities. San Francisco devised a novel way to track how much. From traffic impacts to social equity, here are the key findings.
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.
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.
A city, a university and a major technology company are working with an innovative combination of technologies to improve traffic flows and reduce accidents and fatalities. And they're asking the public for help.
The connected car industry is growing quickly and is very competitive. So when Smart Cities Council Partners are recognized for their technological contributions with prestigious awards, we want to share the news.
Interesting research from EY and Junior Achievement reveals at least one similarity – and several stark contrasts – in how boys and girls view college and career plans and how the economy is affecting their choices.
Don’t let your city get slowed down by rapid population growth. These tips (and tools for using them) will help you optimize your transportation infrastructure so that your city can thrive while worsening road congestion holds others back.
Cities are investing a lot in transportation. It’s the fastest growing category for new infrastructure investment. Find out why and see what ideas you can take from several new projects in cities like yours.
Smart bike sharing programs are proliferating throughout the world, but managing them presents a unique set of challenges. Partners in a Chinese field trial are hoping a combination of technologies can resolve them.
With other funding sources running dry, tolling — from new bridges and tunnels to express highway lanes — is becoming an increasingly common way to raise cash. But before you plan new tolls, consider these transportation trends first.
What are cities up to? Mobility and energy are areas that continue to receive substantial interest from cities. Check out the biggest contracts and requests for bids among U.S. cities.
Schneider Electric and Microsoft collaborate… Panasonic's new China battery factory… Itron's natural gas upgrade project… Oracle expands cloud service partnerships… Daimler enters U.S. home energy storage market.
The electric power industry has been piloting microgrids for more than a decade, and now the pieces are coming together. Learn about the University of Illinois's new microgrid (and how you can get your own).
Advanced technologies help police in many ways, from improving operations to ensuring reliable communications and more. But Dubai Police took it a big step further with the introduction of a robot police officer.
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.
A pressing problems for fast-growing cities is staying on top of traffic congestion and ensuring roads are safe. Click to learn about Toronto's data-driven approach. It might be just the ticket for your city.
Artificial intelligence is becoming reality. How will it shape cities? From shortening your commute to helping cities avoid unintended policy consequences, here is what the future could look like.
Self-driving vehicles will drastically change urban mobility, and cities need to be prepared. But how? Our story shares insights from transportation professionals on what to expect and how to plan for the transition.
How do you get started with data analytics in your city? Three experts share tips for telling a story with data, establishing baselines and coming up with innovative ideas.
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.
Karen Addato's brother died homeless – a John Doe in the county coroner's office. Read what she and others told a Smart Cities Week audience about innovative technologies that can save more brothers and sisters from dying.
The Council will launch its 2018 Readiness Challenge Grant competition in October. What can your city learn from the 2017 winners? Click for helpful insights they revealed at Smart Cities Week Silicon Valley.
Five leaders in the commercial building sector were honored by the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings campaign during Smart Cities Week in Silicon Valley. Find out which buildings were recognized – and why.
Two startups with solutions that help cities connect more effectively with the business community to spur economic development won top Innovation Alley awards at Smart Cities Week. Learn what judges liked about them.
Seat Pleasant, Maryland may be a small community, but it's got big smart city plans – and a major league technology partner to help it turn those plans into reality.
What will tomorrow’s smart cities look like? Four leaders of enterprising cities shared their progress at Smart Cities Week Silicon Valley and their tips for how you can achieve success too.
U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA), a leading technology advocate in Congress, says there are huge opportunities for cities large and small, urban and rural, to take advantage of new technologies -- and Congress should help.
Smart transportation is about tech, but it’s about policy too. And it will take smart policy to get people out of their cars and into shared transportation, experts sharing insights at Smart Cities Week said Tuesday.
What will the world of energy look like in the future? Itron and a host of partners aim to find out through Urbanova, a living laboratory in Washington state. Learn what they’ve done so far and what they’re planning next.
Smart meters are a key component — many would say the foundation — of smart electric grids. And for California, they're certainly the driver for the state's grid upgrade. But policy is the map that keeps it all on course.
Electric utilities serving Illinois are ahead of schedule on a massive smart upgrade. The project isn't complete but it's already providing benefits for customers — and jobs and development in the state's communities.
An interesting approach to getting homeless people off the streets of Barcelona uses crowdfunding to help them start a business that matches their talents and skills or find jobs they actually enjoy.
Even in a city like San Francisco, nearly one in five residents don’t have access to high-speed internet. Learn about its effort to be the largest U.S. city with municipal broadband and the difference it could make.
Remember payphones and folding maps? Without a strong digital infrastructure, you city could soon have a lot in common with them. Learn how communications networks unlock the future.
As more cities offer public Wi-Fi to help everyone from under-served populations to tourists, you need to be careful about how you let people connect. Here are the ins and outs of various authentication options.
The steadily increasing use of connected devices and the growing variety of applications developed for them emphasize how important it is for the networks they use to be reliable. And compatibility is a big issue, too.
When the city of St. Albert’s information network was swamped by ever-increasing data flows, officials there knew they needed a better approach. Read the story to learn how citywide connectivity put the city back on track.
It’s time that utilities and cities see each other as essential partners. Read on for Navigant Research’s five key factors for successful smart cities and information on joining an informative webinar.
From emergency management to communications, from smart water to zero waste, here is a look at the areas where cities are currently making their biggest investments.
By population growth, Austin is one of the most successful cities in the U.S. By economic segregation, though, it ranks at the bottom. Learn how our first Readiness Challenge Grant winner plans to change that.
Palo Alto, California isn't a big city. But it sure acts like one. With numerous smart city projects completed or underway, the Silicon Valley community seems well on its way to becoming the role model it wants to be.
Connecting students in Mumbai with Australian retirees…Daily call gives peace of mind in Winter Park…Singapore standardization efforts support aging…Detroit DOT expands reduced fare program...Aging in Place in Hong Kong.
Daimler partners on autonomous taxis... Ooredoo begins Oman oil field network upgrade... Itron takes on major utility's AMI management... Enel scores Australia solar project. Click the links for details.
Smart cities are data driven, but all of that data doesn’t have to be yours. Read on for three great ideas for learning from other cities and inspiring third-parties to find solutions in your open data.
U.S. police, fire and other first responders will get something they haven't had before: a dedicated public safety communications network to help them respond more effectively to crisis situations. Read on to learn more.
The ability to quickly act on data is what makes a city smart. Learn about a new platform from Cisco and SAS that will help cities and utilities rapidly and flexibly respond to data from sensors in the field.
Urban populations are growing and that growth presents cities with several challenges. Among them: what to do with all that additional trash. Read our story to learn about some innovative approaches to solving the problem.
Without action, the world soon could be buried in trash. From mandated recycling and voluntary composting to smart planning, see what these cities are doing to end the wasteful trend.
A Dallas innovation organization, AT&T and other tech partners are working together on several smart city projects for the city. And they're doing it in a way that keeps citizens very much involved.
Hong Kong is taking steps to make its congested roads – and the city itself – safer and smarter with cellular-based technologies. Read our story for ideas your city may be able to use.
Buildings consume about 40% of the energy we produce, so they’re a natural place to start conservation efforts. Learn how to make a bigger difference by thinking of them as systems.
Surprises aren’t usually a good thing when they come from a utility. See how three Council partners are helping utilities surprise ratepayers with modern service rather than unexpectedly large bills.
Seattle rolls out mobile showers. San Fernando teens invent solar-powered tents. Melbourne university names professor of homelessness. Vancouver PPP creates 900 housing units… Detroit businesses put homeless women to work.
A house in Russia 3D printed on site in just 24 hours -- and costing just $10,134. Legally blind parents not able to see their baby on an ultrasound feel it instead. See more ways 3D printing could disrupt our world.
In a day where we can’t afford to waste a single drop of water, a new partnership involving three Council partners is helping this Georgia county reduce its already low water waste. Learn how.
Middle school and high school students are collaborating with NASA research and development teams to build a global smart city platform. And they're performing extremely well. Read on to learn more.
No more power outages? See how ComEd and S&C Electric plan to deliver that to one Illinois community — and how their work could lay the groundwork for renewable energy sources.
Schneider Electric's USMC smart controls project... an ethics award for CH2M... Panasonic's residential roof solar panel and more. Click the links for details.
What are cities up to? Transportation, smart street lights and citywide communications ranked among the biggest city projects. Check out March’s biggest contracts and requests for bids among U.S. cities.
California, the state with the country's largest car market, may clear the way for driverless car testing on its public roads. Regulators are asking for public comment now. Read on to learn more.
How do you make your citizens happy? For the Dutch city of Haarlemmemeer, it did it by cutting costs. Learn how lower costs led to better service through its new digital platform.
Struggling to make sense of your data? Augmented reality has been making a big difference for travel and tourism, but it may be time to consider it for even more in your city.
The sustainability and livability benefits of smart cities are attracting the interest of more and more city leaders. But money is often the big roadblock. Read on to learn how you could get around it.
San Diego will soon have the world’s largest city IoT platform — and it’s doing that by leveraging its investment in smart street lights. Find out how and why you may want to do the same.
Transdev's driverless car partnership... CH2M's Singapore water project... Panasonic's Orlando City Stadium showcase... Micosoft's major EMEA support center... Click the links for details.
Your city may do a good job collecting data, but what do you actually do with it? From data collection to analysis, here are three tips to unlock insights that help make a meaningful difference for your citizens.
What are cities doing with the massive amounts of data they're collecting as they work to become more connected and smarter? They're getting creative with new applications and they're sharing it with their citizens.
New York’s Car Free Earth Day felt like a success, but was it? See how Cubic Transportation Systems pulled data from transit ridership to retail sales to find the truth among the anecdotes.
Is it possible to cut utility operating costs and improve customer service at the same time? Here's how data helped an Illinois water utility save $250,000 a year while keeping customers engaged – and happier.
City planners are intrigued by the potential of driverless cars. But how can they be seamlessly integrated into urban transportation systems? Our guest authors explain why mobility as a service is the right approach.
The U.S. DOT recently released a list of 10 cities designated as test beds for driverless cars. Atlanta didn't make the list. But that hasn't stopped the traffic-clogged city from taking matters into its own hands.
Most of the buzz and about self-driving cars has focused on how they'll make driving safer and help traffic-congested cities. But what about the laws governing their use? And who's liable if something goes wrong?
Your best source for commuting data may be the device that most of us can’t live without: smartphones. Anonymous location data are helping cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco build better traffic models.
IBM's military data centers... energy efficiency for hospital buildings... help for power utilities and their customers... Daimler partners with Uber on self-driving cars. Click the links for details.
Enel is one of the world's largest renewable energy producers. But what does that have to do with its serious stake in Formula E electric car racing? Read our story to find out.
What are cities up to? Communications, transportation, cloud computing and fleet management ranked among the biggest city projects. Check out February’s biggest contracts and requests for bids among U.S. cities.
Indianapolis city leaders realized early on they couldn't achieve the smart city they envisioned without help. Read our story to learn where the city is focusing its smart city efforts and why partners are invaluable.
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.
Orlando's popularity as a global tourist destination is undeniable. Now city leaders are planning the next steps to ensure it stays that way – and they haven't forgotten about the people who live and work there.
Consistently one of America’s fastest-growing cities, Austin is busy working on strategies to improve livability as people continue to move in. And it’s starting with people who would use the boost the most.
Smart cities are cities that work together. Learn how Philadelphia’s city departments are working as one to the benefit of the community.
The winners of the first-ever Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge Grants are Austin, Indianapolis, Miami, Orlando and Philadelphia. Learn about their projects and the important first step you need to take to make any smart cities initiative a success.
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.
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.
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.
The state of Illinois has taken up the ambitious goal of becoming the first smart state in the country. Read the story to learn about the strategies and priorities discussed during a Smart State Roadmap Workshop delivered by the Smart Cities Council
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.
Energy efficiency is one of the main reasons that cities look into smart street lights, but they can also pay tremendous dividends toward improving public safety as well. Take a look at a few of the safety projects where street lights played a role.
A lot of technology is packed into smart street lights. And that technology should be adequately shielded from things like bad weather and debris. Read on to learn about a simple solution to protect your investment.
Street lights weren't always smart. Guest author James Benson from Current, Powered by GE, offers a take on how smart streetlights came to be and why they're such a good fit for smart cities.
Energy-efficient LEDs are just one part of the savings from smart street lights. Learn how smart controls are driving even more savings and how tools can make it easier to roll them out into your community.
Meet the 10 finalists for the first-ever Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge Grants. Learn about their initiatives and the people within the cities working to support them.
What are cities up to? Smart metering and citywide communications ranked among the biggest city projects. Check out January’s biggest contracts and requests for bids among U.S. cities.
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."
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
CH2M's innovation award... Ruckus Wireless provides WiFi in Malaysia... Enel's energy storage acquisition... a new wind energy market for Siemens... UL's online STEM education platform. Click the links for details.
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).
Americans are more worried about crime than they've been at any time since the September 11 terrorist attacks. See how North Carolina is fighting crime and saving millions of dollars at the same time.
A Marine Corps recruit depot in South Carolina has contracted for a renewable energy-powered microgrid to maintain critical operations in the event of a power outage. Read on to learn why a similar solution could help protect your city's critical infrastructure.
As India moves ahead with its smart cities initiative (and will soon designate 40 more cities for smart city development), Council Lead Partner Sensus launches its first global support center in Hyderabad. Our story explains why.
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.
As part of an effort to help people be more productive and engaged while traveling through the city, Chicago is working on a number of innovations, including smart bus shelters. Read our story to learn more about them.
Self-driving cars may not be on your radar yet, but they certainly are for an increasing number of major technology and car companies. Read our story to learn about new—possibly surprising—developments in the industry.
It's a dire prediction: IDC says 75% of cities worldwide will have smart city projects this year that don’t live up to expectations. Here are 4 tips to help ensure you’ll be among the 25% that thrive.
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.
2016 was a big year for smart cities in so many ways. Constantly evolving technologies, new developments and new lessons learned. Read about them in our look back at the top 10 Smart Cities Council news stories of the year.
IBM and BMW will work together to build more intuitive driver support systems for passenger vehicles. The point? To make the cars of the future more convenient, comfortable, safe — and chatty. Read the story for details.
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.
If sharing resources makes sense within a city, doesn’t it make even more sense within a state? Learn about the Council’s work to make Illinois the first smart state — and why it may be time to think bigger than smart cities.
It’s not any one piece of technology that makes a city smart. What matters is how it all works together. Learn about the tool that lets you accomplish that—and why you should start with your smart meters.
See what your peer cities are up to. From solar power to parking meters, from gunshot detectors to cloud-based phone systems, here’s what cities in the U.S. and Canada are doing.
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.
For commuters, what really matters is getting to their destination. See how smart payments have made it much easier to travel in Chicago, even if a trip involves several transit agencies.
Two Dutch cities now have some fairly exclusive bragging rights. Between them they are said to have the largest zero-emission fully electric bus fleet in Europe. Click for details about the system and how technical issues were resolved.
You can’t be a smart city without reliable electricity, and a new pilot project in New Zealand may help shine the light on a path to manage peak loads and renewable sources of energy with fewer disruptions. Learn why.
With violent crime climbing faster in Sacramento than in most major cities, the city is trying a number of approaches to bring it down. What’s notable is that they’re feeding into one center. Learn why this is a model for any smart cities project.
Oracle's $1.4B computer science education investment... a new water contract for Sensus... Schneider Electric's new IoT solution... Ameresco's solar canopy project... Daimler's big spend on EVs. Click the links for details.
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.
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.
A smart city isn't just technology. It's also made up of smart people. Your job market depends on it. Here are four great ideas for nurturing your next generation of workers so that you have the labor force businesses covet.
School buildings, like any other building, should be energy-efficient and cost-effective. Dow Building Construction's Tim Lacey shares insights on why and how choosing advanced building materials can help ensure new school buildings and upgrades meet those criteria.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Materials science has changed substantially over the years and many of those changes now enable cities to better protect hard assets like buildings, bridges and roads against severe storms and flooding. Learn how and what you can do.
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.
Cities and their police departments always seem to find themselves long on needs and short on cash. Fortunately government grants are available to support a broad range of projects, from body cameras to gang crime reduction programs.
Public safety is likely at or near the top of your list of community concerns, and it’s a challenge that’s tough to address given a number of factors. Here are the smart policing tools catching on in cities like yours — and why they work.
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.
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.
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.
Applications are now open for the Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge Grants. Get an inside tip on how to impress the judges and learn how everyone who enters comes out ahead.
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.
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.
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.
From renewable energy to resiliency, there’s no question microgrids can help, but who should pay for them? Learn how utilities in Arizona, Pennsylvania and Washington are trying to get everyone to pitch in.
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.
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.
Black & Veatch is preparing the fourth edition of its Strategic Directions: Smart City/Smart Utility Report and is looking for your views. This year’s report will examine the various ecosystems that make up the Smart City and the culture of holistic planning. Share your anonymous responses now.
Is your city on the fence about moving data and services to the cloud? Cloud computing can offer sizable advantages in terms of cost and capabilities, but there’s one capability in particular that you should watch out for.
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, 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.
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.
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.
How easy to you make it for mobile workers to truly solve issues in the field? Smart cities are mobile-first cities and a new app that lets utility workers conduct complex operations through tablets or smartphones illustrates the future.
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.
Self-driving cars have generated a lot of buzz. However, that buzz has mostly focused on autonomous vehicle technology, and not on how cities are planning to accommodate them. The good news is there's still time to prepare, but the window of opportunity is getting smaller.
Until there’s broadband for everyone, your city is falling short of its potential. A panel of technology experts from Boston, Pittsburgh and San Antonio shared their progress toward ubiquitous broadband — and why you need to get started today in your city.
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.
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.
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.
A panel of international experts came to Washington, D.C. to share smart cities progress in far-flung regions. Click for a few quick insights from smart cities practitioners from Dubai to India, Australia, Japan and Europe.
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.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says it’s time for a transportation revolution. The U.S. hasn’t had one in a half-century. And for the first time in our history, we have the opportunity to make our new system inclusive from the start. Learn more.
Innovation involves risks – but innovation is also improving our communities. That message came through loud and clear at a Connected Cities event hosted by the Washington Post and Qualcomm on Wednesday. Read why a Congresswoman and a mayor say the risks are worth it.
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.
In any transformation, the first step is often the most difficult one. At Smart Cities Week, technology leaders from all levels of government offered great advice for getting started and making your initiatives successful. Read on for their top four tips.
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.
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.
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.
Connected cars are coming — and fast. Read about new IDC research that shows how quickly they are coming and why the future of smart transportation requires collaboration between cities and automakers.
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.
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.
The most successful cities are growing even more successful — and it may be at your expense. Learn the key criteria and steps to building a virtuous circle to ensure the health and prosperity of your city.
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.
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.
Skyrocketing healthcare costs strain public resources. While much of the increase is out of your control, there is one big cost you can reduce: energy usage. Read about a Michigan hospital project that cut energy costs by $1.4 million.
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.
Are you making plans to leverage the IoT in your city? If not, you’re getting left in the dust, according to new research. Check out this new report from CompTIA to find out what your competition is up to.
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.
For Nashville Metro Water Services, manual meter reading in rural areas could be problematic. Poison ivy, meters covered in overgrown plants and other obstacles made meter reading a time-eating chore. Read the story to learn how a smart water network saved the utility money — and solved those problems.
Engaged citizens are critical to the success of smart cities initiatives. We wrap up our series on engagement with reasons to get started today, successful projects worth emulating and tools that will help.
Water and wastewater utilities share similar challenges, among them less funding and more strict regulatory compliance requirements. Learn how (and why) smart water systems can help utilities overcome those challenges -- and optimize how they use existing data.
Cities often have big ideas, but a lack of resources and expertise can get in the way. At Smart Cities Week, Current, powered by GE, will present how partnerships can bring those ideas to life. Read on for a preview.
From improving traffic flow to managing water from flash floods, Seattle is using technology to make a difference. Chief Technology Officer Michael Mattmiller will share what Seattle has learned at Smart Cities Week. Get a preview here.
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.
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.
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.
San Diego plans to slash water and energy use by at least 25% using a powerful combination of real-time data and analytics. Learn how the project works and how you can apply this blueprint to your own sustainability initiatives.
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.
A natural gas contract for Black & Veatch... Enevo's EIB expansion loan... Sungard's Public Sector's new emergency responder solution... a new project for Itron... Enel commissions new solar plant in Chile. Click the links for details.
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.
Technology alone doesn’t make a city smart. Cities also need engaged citizens. Learn from three engagement attempts that missed the mark and review the three qualities that will help make your projects a success.
A venture builder private equity company, a university and technology companies are working together to build a platform for smart city development — and they will use it to build a new $500 million district in a northern Virginia community.
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.
About 13,000 acres of open space will soon bring new economic and social opportunities to Detroit in a project funded through dozens of sources, many previously untapped. Learn about the collaboration and analysis bringing the project to life.
You don’t always need to find a new funding source to pay for a major initiative. Learn about two approaches that governments are using to bring in millions in taxes and fees they are already supposed to be collecting.
Engaged citizens are at the very heart of what it means to be a smart city. In the first of a three-part series, we take a look at what works for crafting your own strategies to build engagement.
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.
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.