Readiness Guide Information Center

Welcome to the Information Center, an ever-expanding library of resources to help you along the smart city path. Whether you are looking for inspiration and best practices from pioneering smart city initiatives around the world -- or practical, hands-on tools and expert advice to advance your city's smart city objectives -- you'll find all of that and much more here. Be sure to check back often as we are continually updating the Information Center with helpful new materials.

EZ Farm uses the Internet of Things to Improve Food Security in Africa

Thu, 2016-11-17 12:25 -- Compassionate C...

IBM Research is using the Internet of Things to help local farmers in Kenya optimize crop growth. As Dr. Kala Flemming explains in a brief video, farmers using the EZ Farm IoT remote monitoring solution are seeing better quality produce and will also see more produce.

Intelligent Cloud Computing Lifts Villages Out of Water Poverty

Fri, 2016-11-11 12:39 -- Compassionate C...

A team from the University of Oxford hopes to lift five million people in rural Africa and Asia from water-related poverty by linking smart water pumps to the cloud. Learn in this video from Microsoft Research how Cortana Intelligence Suite is empowering project partners including UNICEF to monitor the health of water systems at regional scale.

Enabling Access to Healthcare for Millions More in Asia

Fri, 2016-11-04 12:15 -- Compassionate C...

Developed markets and emerging markets alike are facing healthcare challenges in Asia Pacific, especially the lack of quick, efficient access to quality healthcare. Watch in this video how Microsoft and partners are working to enable healthcare organizations to integrate virtual health into their existing care models.

Qualcomm Wireless Reach in India: Advancing Healthcare and Opportunity

Thu, 2016-10-27 13:35 -- Compassionate C...

Watch this video to learn how Qualcomm Wireless Reach is bringing wireless technology to underserved areas in India. The goal is to educate frontline healthcare workers, increase access to quality healthcare and economically empower women entrepreneurs with microfinance loans.

Bangladesh’s Farmers, Small Business Owners Prosper with Solar Power

Tue, 2016-10-18 12:55 -- Compassionate C...

Watch this World Bank video to see how solar power is changing lives in Bangladesh -- lighting up homes and helping small business owners and farmers access affordable and reliable electricity to improve productivity and climb the rungs of economic prosperity.

Executive Summary: Smart Infrastructure Unlocks Equity and Prosperity for Our Cities and Towns

Thu, 2016-09-22 11:30 -- SCC Staff

As the U.S. election season focuses attention on national priorities, the Smart Cities Council has released a policy brief detailing how smart infrastructure investments in our cities and towns will create jobs and promote greater prosperity for all. Click to read the executive summary or download the full report.

The Sensus FlexNet System Aids Alabama Power Company’s Recovery Efforts from Historic Storm

Fri, 2016-09-09 14:45 -- SCC Staff

Alabama Power Company built and maintained its outage management system for many years. It performed well over the years. But while an OMS can estimate where service is out, it can’t necessarily reflect where service is back on, or more importantly, what locations could actually take power. Click to learn about the solution that solved the utility's problems.

Berkeley County Water & Sanitation Takes Big Leap Forward with Sensus

Fri, 2016-09-09 13:20 -- SCC Staff

Berkeley County Water & Sanitation (BCWS) has moved from manual meter reads to remote readings that happen with the push of a button. The result? Massive amounts of data but no clear view into how to use it to benefit its more than 24,000 customers and better plan for tomorrow. Click to learn what the utility did to cut meter reading time and take better advantage of its meter data.