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.
 

Youth Employment: Working Poverty and the Gender Gap

Tue, 2016-09-06 12:43 -- Compassionate C...
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Work prospects for many young people still keep them in poverty, and if you are a young woman your chances of finding a quality job are even less likely. Authors of the International Labour Organization's World Employment and Social Outlook "Trends for Youth" report explain their findings in a short video.

Access to Energy for People Living in Off-Grid Areas in India

Tue, 2016-08-16 10:50 -- Compassionate C...
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The Society for Technology & Action for Rural Advancement (TARA) has implemented 30 KW decentralized solar-based micro grid models in 20 remote villages of Bihar and UP in India. This video explains how Schneider Electric solar hybrid inverters Conext XW+ provide a robust, scalable and reliable solution for off-grid villages.

Fountain Valley, California Beats Water Reduction Goal with Sensus Technology

Wed, 2016-07-27 14:00 -- SCC Staff
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To combat water shortages caused by long-term drought, water conservation goals and water use restrictions have been common in many California cities. By using a smart water network, the local water utility in Fountain Valley was able to get citizens interested in conservation—and exceed the city's 20% water use reduction goal.

Wake Electric Uses Sensus Data Driven Solutions to Meet Goals

Wed, 2016-07-27 14:00 -- SCC Staff
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When rural North Carolina utility Wake Electric deployed the Sensus FlexNet communication network in 2012, it was able to improve billing accuracy and system management. While some utilities will use a network for one application, Wake Electric took it a step further to use its network to extend asset life and system design, enhance outage management and make other improvements.

App and the Cloud Help Save Lives of Babies Born with Rare Heart Disease

Mon, 2016-07-25 10:22 -- Compassionate C...
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For parents of newborns with a rare heart disease, monitoring for subtle health changes is critical. Watch in this video how Microsoft technology brings to life the vision of Dr. Girish Shirali, creating a system where nurses and doctors can be brought into the home, virtually, even from hundreds of miles away.

HydroPoint Shuts Down Water Waste with an Internet of Things Solution

Thu, 2016-07-21 07:00 -- SCC Staff
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Not so long ago, landscape irrigation in homes and commercial properties was controlled by manual valves—with little regard for how much water was needed. HydroPoint Data Systems solution? An IoT machine-to-machine system to assess climate and water needs. Coupled with wireless connectivity from AT&T, Hydropoint's solution has saved clients billions of gallons of water and millions in related costs.

Challenges in Tohoku Reconstruction

Mon, 2016-06-27 14:40 -- SCC Staff
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When a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami severely damaged communities in Japan's Tohoku region in 2011, the area required a massive amount of reconstruction. And that involved moving residential areas to higher ground. Read the case study for details on how virtual reality technology helped guide relocation and reconstruction.

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