Why the Readiness Challenge Matters

Wed, 2020-01-15 05:35 -- Philip Bane

The 2020 Global 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.

Inside Look: What cities were buying and planning in December 2019

Tue, 2020-01-14 08:01 -- Philip Bane

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.

Want the best approach to smart cities? Study these two electric companies

Tue, 2019-11-19 10:48 -- Jason Nelson

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.

Market Insights: What Cities Were Buying and Planning in October 2019

Wed, 2019-10-23 11:10 -- Jesse Berst

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.

Three Ways to Turn Privacy from a Worry to an Opportunity

Wed, 2019-10-23 11:00 -- Jesse Berst

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.

Readiness Cities: Why and How Edmonton Is “Operationalizing” Smart City Behaviors

Wed, 2019-10-23 10:15 -- Jesse Berst

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.

What smart cities were buying and planning in September 2019

Mon, 2019-09-30 09:57 -- Jesse Berst

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.

A free work/play trip to Dublin: Enterprise Ireland to host North American smart cities for knowledge exchange

Mon, 2019-09-30 09:46 -- Jesse Berst

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.