Readiness Guide - Case Studies

The Makkah Clock Tower, located in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, is the world’s largest clock tower and the second tallest building. It has 76 stories and is 577 meters high. It is a vast complex with hotels, shopping outlets, food courts and luxury apartments. The owners of the luxury apartments at the Clock Tower wanted the contractor to implement a solution so that each of their 5,000 tenants could be billed individually for their utility usage.

Barcelona, Spain has a global reputation for innovation. Many of the technological solutions that the city has adopted in recent years are at the leading edge of city management. Council member Microsoft is a close partner in this effort. It has helped the city drive new services for citizens and visitors and create and support new technology-based companies and entrepreneurs, while also enabling the city government to reduce costs through new cloud computing services and devices.

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The City of Cape Town is achieving its vision of becoming a “City of Opportunity”—a united, efficient and inclusive city in which everyone has the opportunity to further their dreams.

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Council member Cisco is one of the high-tech companies partnering with the government of Portugal to invent and build a state-of-the-art smart city from the ground up. Located in the town of Paredes about two hours north of Lisbon, Portugal, the project is spearheaded by Portuguese company Living PlanIT.

Located in the heart of the Mediterranean and known for its stable economy and pro-business government, Malta is a group of small islands 50 miles to the south of Sicily. Home to roughly 400,000 people, it has the highest population density in Europe, putting a genuine strain on power, gas, waste management and other essential services.

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That’s exactly what Council member IBM did in conjunction with its Smarter Cities Challenge grant program, a multi-year, 100- plus city initiative designed to get them started on ambitious projects. IBM has donated millions of dollars in employees’ time to work with city leaders.

When Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (KC BPU) installed a water and electric AMI system in 2013, in addition to improving service and reliability, they hoped to empower customers to be wiser energy and water consumers. That goal prompted the Water Department staff to make residential leak detection a priority.

One of the roles of Direction Générale de Modernisation de l’État (DGME), the French agency responsible for modernization, is guiding French ministries and agencies in their e-government initiatives.

As a leader in public sector IT, the London Borough of Newham wanted to improve its service delivery and digital engagement with citizens, while reducing costs. By sharing services with the neighboring local authority of Havering, Newham is pioneering a transformation in both councils using a trio of technologies from Council member Microsoft – Dynamics CRM, SharePoint Server and BizTalk Server.


Carson City is the capital of the state of Nevada. Its Public Works Department is responsible for taking care of the city’s water, wastewater, transportation, landfill, fleet, environmental and renewable power systems. In order to achieve its goals, the department created an infrastructure revolving around the capabilities of its people and technology from Council member Schneider Electric.

Jacksonville is the 14th largest city in North Carolina and home to more than 70,000 residents. Jacksonville’s Information Technology Services (ITS) department provides citywide support for all computer, phone, security and geographic information systems through its operations center for over 500 end users.

Tianjin Eco-City is a flagship collaborative project between Singapore and China. Established in 2007, it is built on the vision of being “a thriving city which is socially harmonious, environmentally friendly and resource-efficient.” Located in the city’s Binhai New District, the community will cover a land area of about 30 square kilometers. When completed in 2020, it will house approximately 350,000 residents.

South Bend, Indiana had a serious problem: wastewater spilling into the St. Joseph River and welling up in basements. The city’s wastewater pipes and treatment facilities just couldn’t handle the volume.

Bauru, a town most famous among Brazilians as the city where soccer superstar Pelé grew up, is a busy college town and transportation hub located at the centre of São Paulo. But Pelé isn’t the only bright light the town will ever know. Installation of over 2,000 LED traffic lights from Council member GE made their mark on the municipality’s traffic and -- in a very substantial way -- on its coffers.

Built Environment

A consortium of companies is taking energy conservation to the next level by creating an entire eco-minded neighborhood just outside of Paris, France.