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.

Introduction to Smart Cities

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.

How 5 cities are using technology to reduce the harmful effects of dirty air

Tue, 2017-08-08 09:47 -- Compassionate C...

Outdoor air pollution claims 1.3 million lives every year. Children are particularly at risk. And the number of deaths is expected to rise due to climate change. Read how cities from Hamburg to Oakland are using data, sensors and some novel technologies to reduce death and disease from dirty air.

Connecting rural communities: New efforts to help those left behind

Tue, 2017-07-18 06:44 -- Compassionate C...

Mention smart cities and most think of big cities steeped in the Internet of Things, with free Wi-Fi hotspots on every corner. But if the goal is to use smart technologies to improve lives and livelihoods, small rural communities have some big needs. Read what companies like AT&T and Microsoft are doing about that.

Smart Cities are About People Not Technology

Sun, 2015-08-09 15:15 -- SCC Staff

At a roundtable hosted by the Guardian, experts discussed how long it will take for all cities to become smart. In this video, Cisco's Rod Halstead, Sarah Gonsalves of Milton Keynes City Council and others argue that smart cities aren't about tech or data. What matters is creating fun, surprising places where people want to live, work and be healthy.