Smart Cities Week delivers solutions to the urgent challenges cities face. Visit Washington, D.C. Sept. 27-29 to learn about the next wave of integrated, innovative technologies that are already helping cities around the world become more compassionate, connected and sustainable.
Welcome to the Readiness Guide. This document was assembled with input from many of the world’s leading smart city practitioners – the members and advisors of the Smart Cities Council. It will help you create a vision for the future of your own city. Equally important, it will help you build an action plan to get to that better future.
The first goal of the Readiness Guide is to give you a “vision” of a smart city, to help you understand how technology will transform the cities of tomorrow.
The second goal is to help you construct your own roadmap to that future. It suggests the goals to which you should aspire, the features and functions you should specify, the best practices that will gain you the maximum benefits for the minimum cost, at reduced risk.
The Readiness Guide is intended for mayors, city managers, city planners and their staffs. It helps cities help themselves by providing objective, vendor-neutral information to make confident, educated choices about the technologies that can transform a city.
Cities around the world are already making tremendous progress in achieving economic, environmental and social sustainability, in export-based initiatives and in the creation of 21st century jobs. All of these are excellent ways to improve city living standards and economies. The concept of smart cities doesn’t compete with these efforts. Instead, smart city technologies can support and enhance work already underway.
Smart Cities Council joins forces with Metropolitan Solutions, one of Europe's premier events focused on issues confronting cities. Featuring 12 high-profile international conferences and a trade show, participants will hear and see the latest on urban mobility, energy supply, water supply/quality, building installations and urban safety/security.
SCC will gather for its summer 2015 forum in Nice, France, hosted by Council Lead Partner Alstom Grid. Take part in engaging dialogue and networking opportunities with pioneering city leaders in Europe at Smart Cities Now: Building Blocks for an Urban Vision. The event is being held in conjunction with the Innovative City conference.
Hosted by Envision Charlotte and Charlotte, North Carolina Mayor Daniel Clodfelter, the Council will hold its quarterly forum focused on innovative technologies that are making cities smarter and improving their livability, workability and sustainability. The invitation-only gathering of Council partners, advisors and guests will be held on the University of North Carolina campus in Charlotte.
Council Chairman Jesse Berst will join smart cities experts from around the world as a featured speaker at the Nov. 18-20 Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona. He will discuss public-private partnerships for smart cities at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20.
Smart solutions that make cities more livable, workable and sustainable will be highlighted at this invitation-only gathering for SCC partners, advisors and invited guests. It will be held in San Diego at the worldwide headquarters of Council Lead Partner Qualcomm.
Miami-Dade County Florida and IBM are keying on data analytics and cloud computing to improve predictive management capabilities of systems tied to law enforcement, transportation and water to help leaders make better decisions.
The smart city initiative is growing as a recognized movement for innovation and investment at all levels of government, according to IDC Government Insights. For that reason, a smart city analyst team from IDC Government Insights has put together the company's first annual top 10 predictions for the smart city market in 2013.