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In a truly smart city, the services and operations that make it work are interconnected and interdependent. In this section of the Readiness Guide we briefly explain why a comprehensive approach is essential in planning for successful smart city transformations.

Glossary Term(s): Connectivity, Interoperability

When city departments develop new applications or programs independently of each other rather than collaboratively we refer to it as a "siloed" approach. And it does cause problems, including a lack of interoperability between departments, unnecessary investments of time and money, and others. We explain in more detail in this section.

There are many reasons why cities are investing heavily in transportation improvements. But it's not simply a matter of meeting the demands of growing populations. Smart transportation networks contribute to economic growth and resilience, reduce environmental impacts, enhance the traveling public's safety and keep our cities connected and livable.

City populations are growing throughout the world. And as city leaders and planners know, more people mean more cars — and more traffic snarls. They're also finding out that one solution is rarely enough.

From traditional pedal-powered bikes to ebikes, cycling as a way to get around the city has enjoyed a tremendous resurgence in popularity in recent years. In addition to integrating well with other modes of transportation, cycling offers additional benefits for cities and the people who live and work in them.

Glossary Term(s): Connectivity, Smart transportation
The goal of the Readiness Guide is to help you make two key decisions: 1) where you want to end up and 2) where you should start. This section suggests the targets at which you should aim.

This section offers real-world examples of how Smart Cities Council Partners are collaborating with cities to evaluate and deploy transportation technologies designed to enhance livability, workability and sustainability.

Glossary Term(s): Connectivity, Smart transportation
The data collected from a city’s smart transportation network often impacts more than just transportation operators. A fire crew racing to an apartment blaze will want to know about a blocking accident so they can take an alternate route. Likewise, long waits at a city ferry terminal may be something the communications office needs to know in real time so they can alert the traveling public.
Glossary Term(s): Connectivity
Cities can’t function without energy. It fuels our cars, subways and trains. It cools, heats and lights our homes and businesses. It pumps our water and processes the food we eat. And it powers the technologies that are the foundation of a smart city. To ensure a smart energy future, cities and utilities must work together – regardless of whether the utility is part of local government or a private investor-owned utility that supplies the city’s energy.
Glossary Term(s): Connectivity

A fundamental step in transforming a city into a smart city is to have the necessary telecommunications infrastructure. Bandwidth is the fuel of the emerging Gig-Economy and connectivity is the pipeline carrying this essential resource.

Glossary Term(s): Connectivity, Smart infrastructure

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