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 Buildings Summit 2015 in Mumbai

Smart Cities Council India is supporting the Smart Buildings Summit 2015 being hosted by the ASAPP Media Information Group in Four Seasons Hotel, Mumbai on August 21st, 2015. Smart buildings are those where information technology is used to integrate all aspects of the building, like lighting, comfort and security, and provide an enhanced living experience for the occupants. Smart buildings are an inevitable component of smart cities as they a go a long way in improving the quality of life of the citizens, which, in turn, is the crux of smart city creation.

May 20-22, 2015: Berlin

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.

March 23-24, 2015: Smart Cities Now Forum

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.

IDC: Top 10 smart cities predictions for 2013

Wed, 2013-02-27 09:34 -- Liz Enbysk
04/16/2013

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.

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