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.

GE smart cities: Why a 'burning platform' will help ignite success

Mon, 2013-06-03 11:36 -- Jesse Berst

Mike Carlson's background helped him become one of the smart grid's true change agents. Today he leads an important part of GE's smart grid and smart city effort. When we sat down to talk we were reminded how perceptive he is. City leaders shouldn't miss his insights on how to get smart city traction.

City of Redlands Arms and Manages Mobile Devices for its Officers on Patrol

Fri, 2013-05-31 13:07 -- Jesse Berst

To streamline communications to police officers in the field and reduce costs, the city of Redlands equipped them with new touch-based smartphones and tablets. While they proved their value in everyday field operations, it soon became clear that their IT team needed a cohesive and centralized way to administer this mobility infrastructure and better support its users in the field. Officials in other cities may be interested in the solution Redlands chose and the benefits gained.

S&C Electric: Smart grid as the foundation of a smart city

Mon, 2013-05-20 12:46 -- Jesse Berst

The smart city is something you need to think of as its own ecosystem, suggests Michael Edmonds, VP of Strategic Solutions for S&C Electric. In this Q&A he explains how his company - perhaps best known for building a self-healing electric grid - is connecting the dots between a smart grid and smart cities.

IBM: A Smarter Planet One City at a Time - Q&A with Rich Michos

Tue, 2013-05-14 12:05 -- Jesse Berst

If any company has carved out mind share as a smart cities thought leader, it is IBM. And the man responsible for IBM's smart cities messaging worldwide is Rich Michos. Read what he has to say about smart cities successes, challenges and IBM's smarter planet initiatives going forward.

Itron's Smart Cities Strategy: Q&A with CEO Philip Mezey

Thu, 2013-04-18 17:05 -- Jesse Berst

Philip Mezey combines a distinguished countenance with boyish curiosity and enthusiasm. In 2012, after an external search to find a replacement for the retiring LeRoy Nosbaum, the company realized it had the ideal candidate in house and named Mezey President and CEO.

Alstom's Smart City Game Plan: Q&A with Laurent Schmitt

Wed, 2013-03-27 15:35 -- Jesse Berst

Laurent Schmitt is a compact man with an air of old-world politesse. He has worked in several executive capacities in different parts of Alstom, the $26-billion French maker of power and transport equipment. He started with the company in sales in 2000, back when it was Areva T&D (before its acquisition by Alstom). From there, he climbed the ladder through marketing and then roles in strategy and business development.