How to Use the Readiness Guide

Mon, 2015-10-26 13:58 -- Jon DeKeles
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How to Use the Readiness Guide

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 Chapter titled: “Ideas to Action.”

Our introduction defined the smart city as one that uses information and communications technology (ICT) to enhance livability, workability and sustainability. The Smart Cities Framework captures this relationship between a city’s responsibilities (what it needs to accomplish for citizens) and its enablers (the smart technologies that can make those tasks easier).



City Responsibilities

The Smart Cities Framework

Universal Aspects

Built Environment




Water and Wastewater

Health and Human Service

Public Safety

Payments and Finance

Waste Management

Technology Enablers

Instrumentation and Control                    
Security and Privacy                    
Data Management                    
Computing Resources                    


The Smart Cities Framework aligning responsibilities and enablers. The vertical responsibilities denote essential services that cities require. The horizontal enablers are technology capabilities that improve those responsibilities.