WeGO Chooses Smart Cities Activator

Sun, 2019-08-11 09:25 -- Philip Bane
08/11/2019

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.

Virginia Chooses Smart Cities Activator

Thu, 2019-07-18 11:26 -- Philip Bane
07/18/2019

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.

Virginia CDO, Carlos Rivero, will 'kick-start' collaborative device and asset management planning

Thu, 2020-03-05 05:39 -- Philip Bane
03/05/2020

On April 28, 2020, the Smart Cities Council will lead a month-long, online collaborative planning process for cities that seek to implement device and asset management. Virginia’s Chief Data Officer, Carlos Rivero has agreed to ‘kick-off’ this collaborative planning project. Deliverables will include a project plan template called ‘Device and Asset Management Roadmap' that your city can customize to your needs.

Inside Look: What US cities were buying and planning in February 2020

Thu, 2020-03-05 05:10 -- Philip Bane
03/05/2020

Companies seeking to supply US smart cities with products or services in the early part of 2020 have plenty of opportunities available across the country. As more government agencies continue investing in the smart cities movement, companies in the business-to-government (B2G) marketplace have the chance to take advantage.

Online city collaboration - asset and device management. April 28, 2020

Wed, 2020-02-26 10:00 -- Philip Bane
02/26/2020

The Smart Cities Council's work is fueled by data science and hands-on knowledge from working with cities globally. We offer data-directed opportunities for cities to solve common problems. Our data reveals that cities are keen to implement device and asset management projects. In this article, we tell you how and why. We also offer online city to city collaboration so cities can learn from each other.

2021 looks good for smart cities in the US

Fri, 2020-02-07 07:39 -- Philip Bane
02/07/2020

IDC recently identified the US as one of the top smart city markets for 2020. This forecast is reinforced by the policy proposals of 2020 US Presidential candidates. In fact, we found a strong focus on not only infrastructure; but also 'smart infrastructure. With proposals for broadband deployment, $1B smart city grants, green infrastructure and with three x-mayors in the race, it looks like smart cities and smart infrastructure is on everyone's agenda with strong potential for action in 2021.

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Welcome to the Readiness Guide. This online document was assembled with input from many of the world’s leading smart city practitioners – the members and advisors of the Smart Cities Council. It will help you create a vision for the future of your own city. Equally important, it will help you build an action plan to get to that better future.

The first goal of the Readiness Guide is to give you a “vision” of a smart city, to help you understand how technology will transform the cities of tomorrow.

The second goal is to help you construct your own roadmap to that future. It suggests the goals to which you should aspire, the features and functions you should specify, the best practices that will gain you the maximum benefits for the minimum cost, at reduced risk.

The Readiness Guide is intended for mayors, city managers, city planners and their staffs. It helps cities help themselves by providing objective, vendor-neutral information to make confident, educated choices about the technologies that can transform a city.

Cities around the world are already making tremendous progress in achieving economic, environmental and social sustainability, in export-based initiatives and in the creation of 21st century jobs. All of these are excellent ways to improve city living standards and economies. The concept of smart cities doesn’t compete with these efforts. Instead, smart city technologies can support and  enhance work already underway.