The role of the Readiness Guide is to help you transition to a smart city, at your own pace and on your own terms. This chapter explains the Smart Cities Framework that supports that mission. We think you will find it a useful mechanism to understand the totality of a smart city and how the pieces work together. This chapter gives you what you need to construct a “target list” or “wish list” for your city. When you are ready to turn that list into an actual plan, you’ll find guidance in the, “Ideas to Action” chapter.
How to Use the Readiness Guide
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.