Readiness Guide - Case Studies


Eight Spanish cities reduced their electricity consumption by 64% and saved over 4,300 tonnes of C02 in 2014, thanks to efficient street lighting systems and technologies that both cut costs and benefit the environment.

As the first American utility to receive smart grid stimulus funding and as the first to be “completely operational with smart grid technology,” Glendale Water and Power (GWP), located in Southern California, is a bit of a smart grid poster child.


Leicester City Council provides universal public services to the largest city in the East Midlands, UK, with a population of more than 300,000. Faced with the challenge of funding cuts, rising customer expectations and having to move premises, the council embarked on a business transformation strategy.

In 2013, Silicon Valley Power (SVP) opened up its existing Tropos wireless communications network provided by Smart Cities Council member ABB to providefree public outdoor WiFi access throughout the city of Santa Clara. Residents and visitors use client laptops, tablets and smartphones with standard WiFi connections to access the Internet throughout the outdoor areas of Santa Clara.

Amsterdam, the financial and cultural capital of the Netherlands, strives to be one of Europe’s greenest, most sustainable cities while continuing to maintain economic growth. Over the past decade, the city developed a plan for collaborating, envisioning, developing and testing connected solutions that could pave the way to a smarter, greener urban environment.

Nagahama City is located in the Shiga Prefecture of Japan. In 2006, Nagahama City, Asai Town and Biwa Town were merged into one city. Then in 2010, the city merged with a further six municipalities. All of these now form the current Nagahama City.

Charlotte, NC-based Duke Energy – along with the local organization Charlotte Center City Partners – launched a new partnership called Envision Charlotte in 2010. It’s a rare public-private partnership between heads of business, building owners and managers, utilities chiefs, city planning professionals, and more. Their common goal? To achieve up to 20% energy reduction by 2016.

Like many developed areas, there are traffic jams in Qatar that not only aggravate commuters but can also be costly for companies with fleet vehicles that move goods and services around the region.

Belfast Health and Social Care Trust operates in Northern Ireland through a network of six organizations and more than 100 physical locations with an annual budget of about £1 billion (US$1.5 billion) and a staff of around 20,000. It wanted to replace its previous system with a unified communications system that would make it easier for doctors, nurses, and administrators to access information and communicate effectively regardless of location.

Despite being one of the most advanced cities in the world, New York City has an antiquated and broken communications infrastructure with approximately 7,500 payphones located throughout its five boroughs. The city recognized an opportunity to utilize this real estate to transform NYC into a smart city platform to provide services and bridge the digital divide by making Wi-Fi more accessible to its citizens.


Syndicat Mixte Autolib is an electric car-sharing program established by the city of Paris and 46 surrounding municipalities to relieve traffic congestion, reduce noise and air pollution and provide people with more flexible transit options.

Boulevard Victor Hugo, located in the center of Nice, is host of the proof-of-concept zone and almost 200 different sensors and detecting devices. In addition to these, it also plays host to “guest” devices such as mobile phones and tablets used in the streets that get connected onto its wireless mesh network.

In 1998, Carroll Electric Cooperative Corporation in Bentonville, Ark., installed one of the world’s first IntelliTeam® Automatic Restoration Systems at the then-new Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport.

To complete the 120-kilometer Beijing-to-Tianjin line in time for the 2008 Olympic Games, the China Ministry of Railways selected solutions from Council member Schneider Electric to help run its passenger information system.

Unlike some other major cities, Helsinki has a transportation system that is operated by multiple vendors rather than a single private company or municipal department. So although bus company Helsingin Bussiliikenne Oy (HelB) is fully owned by the city.