In 2011, the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee completed the installation of a smart grid that is becoming the backbone of a smart city, with measurable benefits. Installed by the Electric Power Board (EPB), the community-owned electric utility, the project encompassed EPB's 600-square-mile service area.
Public safety and security
Mayors and other city staff charged with improving public safety and emergency will want to read this brief R&D case study about FireGrid, a technology being developed to give the emergency services vital advanced knowledge about the fire they are attending, how it will progress and where victims may be trapped.
City leaders and planners exploring the deployment of a broadband network for public safety may find some useful pointers from this best practices document prepared for state leaders in the United States when legislation was passed calling for a nationwide broadband network dedicated to public safety communications.