Orlando’s smart cities journey positioned it to swiftly react to the COVID crisis

Tue, 2020-06-16 06:27 -- SCC Staff
06/15/2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic began to increasingly affect cities across the U.S. earlier this year, a number found they needed to quickly determine a way to provide citizens with access to key city services—and, at the same time, enable municipal employees to work remotely while sheltering in place.

Inside Look: How cities are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic

Tue, 2020-05-05 05:58 -- Philip Bane
05/04/2020

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to have a profound influence on public life, it has likewise made a major impact on how companies do business with the government. Analysis and research on the government’s continuing response are available for free to all in a new Coronavirus Government Response Resource Center.

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

Fri, 2020-04-17 10:12 -- Philip Bane
04/16/2020

As government agencies continue investing in the smart cities movement, companies seeking to supply smart cities with products or services have plenty of opportunities. And as the COVID-19 continues to have a profound influence on public life, it has likewise made a major impact on how companies do business with the government.

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

Thu, 2020-03-05 05:39 -- Philip Bane
03/04/2020

On June 2, 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.

Online city collaboration - asset and device management. June 2, 2020, at 11:00 am EST

Wed, 2020-02-26 10:00 -- Philip Bane
02/25/2020

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
02/06/2020

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.

Winning cities are ready

Wed, 2020-02-05 06:08 -- Philip Bane
02/04/2020

If your city is smart – then you should be helping other cities. Our societies acknowledge excellence …and expect those who are better to teach the rest of us. STOP seeking conference awards and global rankings! If your city is smart, you need to be helping other cities solve the problems you have solved – AND Smart Cities Activator project roadmaps (that show how to solve a city need) are the most effective method to take this leadership role and make a difference.

What can a smart house teach a smart city?

Sun, 2020-02-02 10:43 -- Philip Bane
02/01/2020

Jarrett Campbell from Aveva and I have taught smart city workshops together. Jarret is a great story teller and holds our audience interest's when he talks about how he made his home smart and also how the Town of Cary, NC (one of the Council's 2018 Readiness Challenge Winners) has implemented smart metering systems for water management. His stories are real-world, giving us a clear example of 'how' any city can use smart technologies.

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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.