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Make no mistake: planning and implementing successful smart city initiatives — those that have an optimal positive impact on livability, workability and sustainability — are hard work. But the benefits are a better quality of life for citizens, a cleaner, safer, more convenient and enjoyable place to live and work. There are other benefits, too.
The Smart Cities Council developed the Smart Cities Readiness Guide to help city leaders, managers and staff envision their city's future and plan for it. To do that, the Readiness Guide offers recommendations and insights designed to assist cities in choosing the smart city initiatives that are right for them and offer optimal benefits for all citizens.
Smart transportation networks offer numerous benefits, among them accommodating a variety of transportation options from bicycles to buses, greater safety for users and cleaner air.
Why are smart transportation improvements a number one priority for cities? Because it's of the most effective ways to keep up with growing urban populations and demands for more mobility options. Click to learn more.
Smart energy networks are critical for evolving smart cities to be economically strong and able to meet the increasing demand for electricity caused by growing urban populations.
The benefits of smart energy networks can't be overstated. They contribute to a smart city's sustainability, livability and workability. They also support the services and conveniences we expect and add to a city's overall wellbeing.
A smart, resilient telecommunications network provides significant benefits for cities, well beyond the obvious ones. It can encourage local economic growth and a city's economic competitiveness.