You don’t have to be a big city to be a smart city. A regional utility is modernizing its infrastructure in eastern Washington and Idaho, and in the process, it’s bringing smart technologies to a mostly rural area. See what it’s doing and how you can too, regardless of how big your city is.
As Illinois embarks on a journey to become America’s first smart state, it got valuable advice through a Smart States event about how to identify and build people-centered solutions, which is at the heart of governance. Read on for five tips that you can put to work as you craft your own strategies.
A major Chinese LED street lighting supplier has partnered with Silver Spring Networks to turn their street lights into platforms for citywide communications, environment sensing, traffic monitoring and more. If you are still thinking that next-generation street lights are only about new LED bulbs, read this story to learn why China's approach could, in many ways, work for your city.
Low-income households often have higher-than-average energy costs due to older and less-efficient appliances and poor insulation. What can cities and utilities do to help those who need it most? Read about four best practices highlighted in a new ACEEE report.
GE's new energy company Current will take a lead role in a smart city intelligent lighting project in Tianjin, a major port city in northeast China. It is a key demonstration project in China's ambitious smart city plans -- and it will be about far more than lighting alone. Click to the site to learn more.
The landmark Smart Cities Readiness Guide, relied on by cities from Hartford to Dubai and Mauritius to Yinchuan, is now available in a new web-based edition, making the resource even more valuable for your efforts to make your city more livable, workable and sustainable. Check out what’s new.
Between rapidly swelling populations and increasingly tough climate targets, we need more power, but we need it to come from clean, sustainable sources. Your citizens likely want to help you, but it will require a fresh look at renewable energy and the way you regulate utilities.
If you're a city leader committed to a smart city transformation, you know the challenges well: It's a disruptive to dismantle what once was and build in its place a livable, economically vibrant and sustainable city. So why would you take on even more challenges to help smaller communities become smart too? Jesse Berst passes along four good reasons, including three ways to help yourself by helping others.
For governments in states with below freezing winters road preservation and repair can take a big bite out of maintenance budgets when spring thaws bring warmer weather. Read the story to learn about a promising data collection project that could help those jurisdictions make more accurate, informed decisions about when and where to impose weight restrictions to protect their roads.
For people who live or work in buildings with a lot of occupants, charging an electric vehicle can be a problem. There may not be enough power to go around -- and upgrades to accommodate charging several EVs at once can be too expensive to be practical. But Council Lead Partner Schneider Electric and EverCharge have a solution your city should know about.