The 2020 North American Readiness Challenge is the result of many years of hard work including analysis of city needs, challenge design, outreach campaigns and over 45 workshops in North America alone. In this process we learned that face to face interactions at workshops and conferences, while essential in the learning process, failed to accelerate actual project planning.
Companies looking to supply smart cities with products or services have plenty of opportunities available across the country. As more government agencies begin investing in the smart cities movement, companies in the business-to-government (B2G) marketplace have the chance to take advantage.
Here are 10 smart city projects from the past month that were awarded to a vendor, recently put out to bid or included in an agency’s future.
Recent research from Re-!imagining Cities describes use-cases for this newly evolving form of data visualization and analytics. The report discussed a phase approach for successful implementation.
As we say goodbye to another year of the Barcelona based Smart Cities Expo World Congress, we reflect on what we saw, said and heard at what is clearly the world’s leading gathering of smart cities policy makers, practitioners and solution providers.
Two U.S. electric companies have embarked on a long-term plan to upgrade their digital infrastructure. Now they are layering more and more applications on top of that platform. Best of all, both electric companies are sharing the benefits – and, in some cases, sharing the infrastructure itself – with the communities in their service territories.
GovWin is back with an inside look at 10 U.S. smart city projects and plans from October 2019. As you will read, several cities are working to upgrade their citywide communications. It’s a good reminder that you can’t have a smart city until you have a smart, shared digital infrastructure. At the Council, we define that as 1) robust citywide telecommunications, 2) an enterprise-class IT system, and 3) a modern data-sharing architecture.
Privacy has the potential to derail smart city progress and to put a city at legal risk. The solution to this danger is to implement “privacy-by-design” – that is, to consider data privacy issues at the design phase of any and every project, before it is deployed. Here are three guidelines from one of Australia’s top privacy experts. As you will read, these principles can transform privacy from a roadblock to an opportunity.
At the Council’s October Readiness Workshop in Edmonton, CEO Philip Bane witnessed how the city is accelerating progress through better governance. More specifically, through “operationalizing” the lessons and learnings from its first pilots.
As the smart cities movement continues to expand, municipal governments can learn from their peers about what they are buying, why they are buying, and how they are buying to support their initiatives. And companies in the business-to-government (B2G) marketplace can learn about trends and opportunities. Here are 10 smart city projects that were recently awarded, put out to bid, or added to an agency’s future spending plans.
Enterprise Ireland (EI) and the Smart Cities Council are partnering to bring North American smart cities to Dublin in December 2019 to exchange with Irish cities and technology companies. To find the best North American projects, the Council is holding a competition from October 1 to November 1, 2019. North American cities are invited to nominate projects inside the Council’s Smart Cities Activator online planning platform, which already hosts several hundred North American projects.
All over the world, resiliency is moving to the top of the urban agenda. In response, the Smart Cities Council is partnering with leading organizations and governments to form a global network to accelerate community resilience. Individuals, agencies and organizations who would like access to tools and best practices can register their interest at https://resiliencynetwork.global.
If you are a city in North America, you are invited to provide information about your smart city projects in the Council’s Smart Cities Activator. You may have gotten an email inviting your city to participate. If so, follow the instructions in the email. Or click to find out how to participate.
Enterprise Ireland Partners with the Smart Cities Council to Accelerate Irish Progress. The Council is inviting North American cities to nominate projects from which Enterprise Ireland will select cities with bold projects that improve their livability, workability, and sustainability To participate please visit
Companies looking to supply smart cities with products or services have plenty of opportunities available across the country. As more government agencies begin investing in the smart cities movement, companies in the business-to-government (B2G) marketplace have the chance to take advantage.
World Smart Sustainable Cities Organization (WeGO) and Smart Cities Council (Council) have partnered to improve their mutual engagement with cities globally. The partnership, while using Smart Cities Activator as the foundation, is also based on working together to advance smart city projects by sharing with cities best practices for project development, feasibility, and project financing.
If you’ve read the recent criticisms of Baltimore by Donald Trump, you might be tempted to write the city off. In reality, Baltimore is on the brink of becoming a smart, sustainable city. This article explains, and suggests the lessons other cities can learn from it.
As more governments begin investing in the smart cities movement, companies in the business-to-government (B2G) marketplace have the chance to take advantage. This article explains 10 smart city projects that were recently a) awarded to a vendor, or b) recently put out to bid, or c) included in an agency’s future spending plan.
The National Governors Association believes every state needs a cyber response plan like the ones used for natural disasters. It has prepared an issue brief with 14 recommendations plus links to helpful information. Why bother? Put simply, a significant cyber incident could stretch a central government's ability to respond. States need plans in place to ensure they are ready to respond without federal help.
Qualcomm sponsored a series of workshops in Texas, where we developed 18 specific project ideas other regions can study for ideas. In addition, the process revealed six best practices: 1) Build a national/regional coalition; 2) Build side-by-side with the communities; 3) Build back better; 4) Build smart from the start; 5) Take a phased approach; and 6) Move from conversation mode to action mode. This article provides a link to the resulting action plan where you can review details.
The Chief Data Officer, (CDO), for the Commonwealth of Virginia, Carlos Rivero announced a state-wide survey of cities and counties in Virginia to support development of a statewide data governance policy. Recognizing the critical role of data governance for smart communities, the CDO has partnered with the Center for Innovative Technology and is using Smart Cities Activator, an online collaborative platform provided by the Smart Cities Council.
Based on research jointly conducted by AlphaBeta, the Hinrich Foundation and the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) titled “The Digital Komodo Dragon: How Indonesia can capture digital trade opportunity at home and abroad”, the Jakarta Post recently reported that digital trade is expected to be the biggest support for the country’s economy by 2030.
One of our Readiness Challenge Winners was Montgomery, AL. You can find information about their upcoming Readiness Workshop here (See Opportunity Calendar). The workshop will be held August 20, 2019.
The Philippines Smarter & Sustainable Cities (SSC) Taskforce is partnering with the Smart Cities Council and others to build a national initiative to bring the Council’s Readiness Program to the country’s cities.
It’s not hard to find smart city rankings based on past accomplishments. But market intelligence firm GovWin+Onvia has released a report that ranks U.S. cities (and counties) by their actual buying behavior from 2015-2019
Companies looking to supply smart city products or services have plenty of opportunities available across the United States. As more government agencies begin investing in the smart cities sector, companies in the business-to-government (B2G) marketplace have the chance to take advantage.
In many cities, one of the biggest sources of water waste is the city’s own water infrastructure. Aging infrastructure is often leaky infrastructure. Learn how advanced leak detection is helping a Canadian city keep more of its precious water.
What are cities like yours planning and buying? From smart sensors and smart parking to bike share programs and streetscape improvements, here are 10 of the biggest smart cities projects that on the drawing board or in progress this month.
If you want to become a smart, sustainable city — and if you want the prosperity that comes along — you must have the support of your electric company. A new guide from the Smart Cities Council and Edison Electric Institute outlines a proven path to success.
What are cities like yours buying and planning? From fiber optic and network infrastructure to water meters and smart airport restrooms, here are some of the largest projects that are planned or in the process of deployment.
Advanced Metering Infrastructure is paying substantial dividends in one Florida county, which dramatically accelerated its water meter rollout after a successful pilot. Learn how the system is helping Charlotte County better serve transient residents and more quickly pinpoint water losses.
We hope that you were able to join us for Smart Cities Week San Diego, April 15-17. If you want copies of infographics created during sessions you attended or just want to see what you missed, we’re providing high-resolution versions for you to review or print
The Smart Cities Council has named the winners of its annual Smart Cities Readiness Challenge, honoring five communities across North American for ambitious smart cities visions that are impactful, collaborative, inclusive and sustainable.
To make progress on carbon emissions goals, buildings provide one of the biggest opportunities to deliver results. Learn about the new technology that’s making it easier to plan for maximum impact.
A smart city doesn’t have to be a big city. In fact, small- and medium-sized municipalities can realize smart cities benefits far easier than most realize. Here are a few considerations.
What are cities like yours planning and buying? From communications systems and municipal fiber to flood risk management and green infrastructure, here are some of the biggest projects that are in the planning phases or were recently awarded.
Nearly every major metropolitan area in the U.S. is delivering economic growth and prosperity. But within those areas, those gains aren’t usually shared. A new Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program report shows where the growth is happening and which communities need to work to be more inclusive.
Our 2019 North American Smart Cities Readiness Challenge was our biggest yet with more than 100 cities in the U.S., Canada and Mexico participating. Meet our 10 finalists and learn about the inspiring work that they are doing.
A growing number of cities are taking a regional approach to smart cities planning to magnify the impact of their initiatives. Learn what Chula Vista, CA, is doing — and how you can see the results of its efforts in action at Smart Cities Week San Diego.
From transit routing and fiber internet services to outdoor warning sirens and smart meters, here are some of the biggest smart cities projects that are in the planning stages or early implementation.
Need some inspiration for your smart cities initiatives? Consider stealing ideas from the San Diego airport, which has made great strides in sustainability and smart parking. Learn how — and how to see it in action through a special site tour at Smart Cities Week San Diego.
Electric vehicles still make up a very small segment of the overall cars on the road, but their ranks are rising fast. Learn about the steps some utilities and cities are taking to give residents and businesses green options without straining the grid.
What are cities planning and doing? Here are 10 smart city projects from the past month that were awarded to a vendor, recently put out to bid or included in an agency’s future spending plan.
Considering how quickly the smart cities space has evolved, predicting what's to come in the year ahead can be tricky. That's why we asked an industry professional with years of experience for his take on where smart cities are headed in 2019 – and why.
Accelerate your smart cities progress by participating in the 2019 Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge, open to government jurisdictions of all levels in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Receive valuable help to envision, collaborate, plan and finance your smart cities efforts. Learn how you can be the next winning city.
Year's end has traditionally been a time to reflect on the important events and issues that emerged over the preceding 12 months — and how they could influence what we do in the year ahead. For that reason, we're sharing the five most widely-read news stories the Council published in 2018.
What smart cities initiatives are cities like yours planning and initiating? From smart street lights and traffic signals to neighborhood infrastructure improvements, here are some of the biggest projects that recently launched.
Last year was the most destructive on record for natural disasters in the U.S. How prepared is your city? A new paper produced by the Smart Cities Council and the Consumer Technology Association highlights some ways smart approaches are helping cities to respond and prevent damage. Read on for highlights.
The electric vehicle transition has officially reached a milestone of more than 1 million on U.S. roads — and projections are that the second million EVs will be joining them very soon, in just a few years. Is your city prepared?
When the hot seasons begin, Mexico's national electric system operator has struggled to meet the demand for power when millions of air conditioners are turned on and used more often. Read our story to learn about the steps the utility's taking to be better prepared when that happens.
Puerto Rico, which is still recovering from the damage brought by Hurricane Maria a year ago, has big ambitions: it wants to be a resilience showcase for the world. See how our 2018 Smart Cities Readiness Challenge humanitarian grant winner used its Readiness Workshop to build a better future.
The city of Calgary is taking on a variety of smart city initiatives to build a stronger economy and enhance the quality of life of its citizens. And so far it's the only city in Canada to build its own low-power wide area network to support them.
Connected vehicle technologies are, among other things, expected to make mobility safer for both vehicles and pedestrians. Recent demonstrations of the technologies offers a look at why they're so promising.
Clean air is critical for citizens' well-being, but cities can't deliver that by themselves. Learn what steps cities can take to make citizens active participants in efforts to help them stay safe, even when natural disasters can pose air quality problems.
What are cities like yours planning? From downtown streetscaping and electric smart grids to citywide telecommunications and new tax systems, here are some of the biggest projects that are in the works.
The city of Boston is intent on becoming one of the most technologically advanced cities in the country. And its primary mission? To provide better and more affordable digital services for residents and businesses.
The city of Chicago last year committed to powering public buildings with 100% renewable energy by 2025. Now city officials are calling on private sector building owners to pitch in and do the same.
Continental's Singapore autonomous vehicle partnership… Oracle's energy efficiency program… Itron's Brazilian grid reliability project… Microsoft's tech training program for military spouses... and more. Click the links for details.
Integrated trip planning services are usually reserved for those with smartphones. Learn how Columbus, Ohio’s new Smart Mobility Hubs will not only provide seamless mobility options to everyone — it could also help them find jobs.
The shift toward green building construction is already well underway — and the trend is accelerating. No, not over the next decade or two, but over the next few years.
The Dallas, Texas Smart Cities Living Lab, launched last year, is a downtown corridor packed with several integrated smart city projects. Now the city is reviewing what it has accomplished so far, what the impacts have been and where to move forward.
Malnutrition and hunger rates remain high in several parts of the world, and are exacerbated by inequality in many. A series of UN reports outline the crisis and insist that governments at all levels urgently need to address the issue with better policies and infrastructures and a stronger commitment to ending hunger.
While many of the world’s largest cities are already struggling with water shortages, a conservation program from SUEZ is helping parts of New York stretch water to supply 15,000 new residents without impact. Learn how incentives and partnerships with other utilities make the program work.
Puerto Rico, winner of a 2018 Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge Humanitarian Grant, will host its Readiness for Resiliency Workshop on December 4 and 5, 2018.
Spokane, Washington's smart city living lab Urbanova already has noteworthy milestones under its belt. Now, with new partners and resources it's intensifying its efforts to create a smarter, safer city — and a template other cities can use to do the same.
When electric scooters started appearing on urban streets and sidewalks, some cities banned them or restricted their numbers until they could regulate them. Detroit, however, is taking an entirely different approach — and the city wants more scooters, not fewer. Click for details.
Funding is often a major stumbling block that gets in the way of implementing smart cities projects. But it doesn't always have to be. Read our story to learn how Bethlehem, Pennsylvania is dramatically cutting its energy costs, and can devote the money it's saving to smart cities initiatives.
Virginia, one of our 2018 Readiness Challenge winners, hosted its Readiness Workshop this week, focusing on delivering benefits to all residents. Check out some of the ideas — and see why you may want to encourage your state to become a smart state.
While Oslo, Norway may not be listed in top smart cities rankings, what it's doing to create a healthier, more livable urban environment is well worth a look from other cities that want to provide those benefits for their own citizens.
What are cities like yours planning and buying? From parking meter monitoring and maintenance projects to data center relocation, here are some of October's biggest projects.
Precisely when autonomous vehicles will be commonplace on city streets is still up in the air. However, federal transportation agencies are working on new guidelines to ensure the transition to an automated transportation future is as safe and efficient as possible when it does arrive.
It's an ambitious project: building three smart grids in three cities as a smart grid test bed. But that's how an Oregon electric utility plans to make good on its promise of a clean energy future. And it wants customers to sign on as project partners.
Adopting and adapting smart city technologies successfully is a challenge for many cities. And for cities like Portland, Oregon, homelessness is a serious challenge too. A local Portland city university is establishing two new research centers to find solutions for both of those challenges.
Our 2019 Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge launches next week — our third-annual effort to help North American cities develop and accelerate their smart cities action plans. Here is some advice from our 2018 winners, presented at Smart Cities Week.
The number of cities establishing open data programs is growing quickly as city governments realize how beneficial they can be for managing their operations, identifying and correcting problems and encouraging citizen engagement. Read our story from Smart Cities Week Washington, D.C. to learn more.
There's a talent shortage in most if not all technology-related markets. And because of that the competition for qualified personnel is fierce. Professionals in the education, labor, and job training and placement fields shared their insights during Smart Cities Week on today's training programs, what's expected of them and how employer expectations are shaping them.
What makes a smart cities project a success? Our opening plenary at Smart Cities Week brought together innovation and technology leaders from cities in the U.S. and Canada and they shared the success factors that are working for them.
Imagine you’re the new mayor of a city -- and responsible for leading it into a smart, sustainable future. You need to come up with a vision and prioritize goals and investments. That's the scenario that confronted participants taking part in a Future Cities simulation at Smart Cities Week in Washington, D.C. this week.
The biggest investments in smart cities technologies aren’t just coming from the biggest cities. Here are some insights from Deltek’s “Smart Cities and Counties” technology adoption report, unveiled at Smart Cities Week.
New York City's government is very serious about sharing its data with the public, and it's not just a nod to transparency. The city sees its data as a resource anyone — from teachers and business owners to artists and students — can use to create value and do good things in their communities.
As businesses, governments and other entities expand their enterprise networks to better meet their communications needs those networks are getting more complex. That worries IT and telecom professionals for several reasons. But according to a recent survey, they're most concerned about security issues.
Autonomous vehicle R&D has been underway for some time. However, predictions for when the driverless rides will be commonplace on city streets vary from a couple of years to more than a decade. If you want to call it a race, autonomous shuttle buses could be the first to cross the finish line. And we may have Las Vegas to thank for it.
Mobility and water projects were among the biggest city projects this month. From advanced metering and traffic signal modernization projects to stormwater treatment, here are 10 of the biggest projects that are planned or in the process of implementation.
Natural disasters can't be prevented. But cities can prepare for them with emergency plans to mitigate damage and ensure as rapid a recovery as possible. And a robust, resilient energy network is a critical component of those recovery efforts.
Change, in the form of new technologies and approaches, is leading to a time of incredible opportunity in Louisville. Learn how the 2018 Readiness Challenge winner brought stakeholders together to devise innovative solutions to combat inequality, improve mobility and safety, and boost engagement.
Enel wins Australia solar agreement… Verizon launches 5G Home service… Telensa recognized for market leadership… Lendlease's big step into renewables… Hitachi to partner on autonomous trains. Click the links for details.
Ride-hailing services provided by companies like Uber and Lyft have doubled in less than 10 years. While they're still a small fraction of total trips taken in the U.S., their potential impact on urban mobility is a very good reason for cities to include the ride-hailing growth trend in their transportation planning.
Water and wastewater utilities provide essential services for cities. But like other industries, they've faced an engineering skills shortage for years. Read our story to learn how a community college and its partners are collaborating to better prepare students for water industry careers — and keep students' costs down at the same time.
Americans toss more than 400 pounds of food per person year. That's a lot of wasted food that could be re-directed to feed people in need — and put to other, better uses than filling up landfills. That's exactly what Baltimore's new food recovery strategy intends to accomplish.
More than a tenth of Americans still don’t go online, a troubling figure that has the potential to widen the digital divide as cities invest more in digital services. From free tablets and small cells to tech education, here are some approaches cities are using to close the gap.
Birmingham, Alabama, a winner of the 2018 Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge, this week held its Readiness Workshop. See how it’s bringing new life to the community by bringing together everyone from the power company to the university to health care providers.
What are cities like yours planning and buying? From water system and street improvement projects to fiber optic network and cybersecurity upgrades, here are some of August's biggest projects.
Georgia Power and the Georgia Institute of Technology each have different (but very complementary) reasons for building a research microgrid together. Read our story to learn about their collaboration and how the partners — and surrounding communities — can benefit from it.
China may have signed onto the smart cities mission a bit late in the game. However, a partnership of some of the country's top tech companies is intent on making up for lost time with a new initiative for smart cities development.
Cities and electric companies have much to gain by working better together, so how can they do that? Participants in our second Electric Companies Advancing Cities Summit came up with some ideas to help change the regulatory climate and truly address each other’s needs to build real partnerships.
Chicago's Smart Lighting Project will benefit the city and citizens with significant savings in energy and maintenance costs and improved lighting. But when the project launched one of its top priorities was to focus on public safety. Read our story to learn how.
New York City has already done a lot to reduce pollution, but more needs to be done to ensure a sustainable, livable future. A new plan focusing on large building energy efficiency is intended to achieve that goal. Sure. It's a big city plan, but it contains tools cities of any size should be able to use.
Itron named a leader in smart street lighting… Leidos wins Air Force contract… Enel signs financing for South African wind farms… Microsoft to deliver broadband internet to unserved rural areas. Click the links for details.
Artificial intelligence is no longer the realm of the future; it’s part of the present in some cities. From stretching a very short-handed appraisal staff to optimizing traffic and reducing risk in complicated projects, here are ways it is smartening cities.
The number of applications for Internet of Things technology has been growing at a bewildering pace. For example, Georgia is deploying IoT to make school zone traffic safer. Read our story to learn how.
The future energy sector will be far different and far more sophisticated than the energy networks we relied on in the 20th century. And it's essential that city decision makers and building professionals understand what that future will look like.
Seattle is partnering with its most innovative tech companies to solve one of its most pressing issues — one of the worst homeless problems in the country. Learn about its Innovation Advisory Council and why you may want to start your own.
Las Vegas, one of our 2018 Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge winners, hosted its Readiness Workshop this week. From finding ways to improve mobility and safety to better engaging the public, here’s how it plans to build a smart city for all.
Islands and remote communities are similar in that both often need to rely on imported fossil fuels for energy, a typically high cost solution that reduces air quality. A smart energy pilot project off the UK coast seeks to change that — and build a transition roadmap that could be used by other locations in the same situation.
The need for skilled professionals capable of running tomorrow's smart cities is growing faster than the available talent pool. One solution: programs for middle and high school students designed to get them interested in the science of smart cities early on in their education — and thinking about it as a possible career choice.
What are cities like yours planning and buying? From environmentally-friendly streetlights and parks renovation projects to records management and water distribution systems, here are some of July’s biggest projects.
Public safety is about so much more than crime. It encompasses everything from protecting people during natural disasters to how you respond to gas line ruptures. Learn how and why to use open IoT platforms to make your city safer.
Reno, Nevada's not known for particularly bad traffic, but its population is steadily growing and that means more cars. Read out story to learn how a local university is working to help the city keep up — and training skilled traffic engineers at the same time.
Even with GPS and wayfinding apps it's still easy to get lost in an unfamiliar neighborhood while trying to find a building when you're not sure of its exact location. However, University of Hong Kong researchers have come up with a smart address system they say can eliminate the problem — indoors and out.
When we talk about green buildings what usually comes to mind is commercial property like office buildings or retail. But cities involved in providing multifamily housing should be aware of a growing trend: renters want their homes to be green, too.
Do you aspire to be one of the smartest cities in the world? A new ranking gives especially high marks to London, Seoul and New York. See why they won — and the best practices you can steal from them to better serve your residents.
Considered one of the UK's top smart cities, Edinburgh is taking additional steps to get even smarter — and much more energy efficient — in ways that will benefit both citizens and city operations.
Many cities are taking a long, hard look at how they can provide equitable and convenient mobility for their citizens. Some are exploring ways to integrate all transport options with their transit networks while others are trying to figure out how to deal with a dramatic surge in the numbers of dockless bikes and electric scooters appearing on city streets.
Continental's connected EV project in China… Battelle's new federal lab management contract… Cisco takes on Australia large-scale IoT project… Itron's major water utility upgrade… AT&T's cybersecurity acquisition. Click the links for details.
Partnerships between cities and electric companies provide perhaps the biggest single opportunity to make smart cities affordable. Learn why — and how a free workshop August 16 in Houston can help you realize the benefits for your city.
Register now for the Electric Companies Advancing Cities summit in Houston, TX, on August 16. Presented by the Smart Cities Council and Edison Electric Institute, hear from experts, understand your options, and share best practices and tips to overcome hurdles.
Urban environments often look like giant construction zones when buildings are being upgraded or replaced or streets are being repaired or improved. And it can be inconvenient for citizens and visitors trying to get around town. New York City's interactive project is one approach to at least mitigate some of that inconvenience — and give citizens a window on their city.
Stadiums are major assets for cities in a number of ways, but there are drawbacks. Many are idle most of the time and when they are being used they draw massive amounts of power, which can have an impact on the local electric grid. Our story outlines the number of ways energy storage can benefit both stadium operations and the surrounding electric grid.
When the city of Cambridge in the UK announced peak hour parking charges in April to deal with air pollution and traffic congestion it didn't go over very well. Residents were furious. But the city recently announced it's investing in a kinder, gentler approach to luring people out of their cars.
A report on the first six months of operation for a Juneau, Alaska homeless housing program made it very clear that the program is doing precisely what it promised to do: provide housing for those who otherwise wouldn't have it and significantly reduce the use of local emergency services.
What are cities like yours up to? From Streetscaping and advanced metering to electric vehicles and traffic cameras, here are 10 of the biggest projects that are in the planning or implementation phases.
What started as a relatively small project to improve San Jose's wireless services has grown into something substantially larger: a platform to accommodate next-generation 5G mobile technology, greatly expand broadband internet access and provide opportunities for many more smart city services for its citizens.
Traffic in Edmonton, Alberta is far from bad compared to many other cities. But Edmonton is Canada's fastest growing major city, and it does have traffic congestion — and hundreds of the city's intersections need to be upgraded. Read our story to learn why the city is thinking ahead and planning smart tech upgrades.
Philadelphia has cut more than five weeks out of its pre-RFP process. Find out how our 2018 Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge winner did it and see what’s next.
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.
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.
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.