TORONTO, ON (May 9, 2017) – IBI Group announces it has joined the Smart Cities Council as a North America Lead Partner. A globally integrated design and technology firm, IBI has been at the forefront of designing livable and sustainable urban environments for over 40 years. With more than 2,500 professionals around the world working in the areas of architecture, planning, engineering, transportation and technology, the firm has a uniquely holistic perspective on what contributes to a successful smart city.
The Smart Cities Council is a global consortium that partners with world-leading companies committed to helping cities understand how the transformative power of technology can solve their daunting infrastructure challenges. As a Lead Partner, IBI Group will serve alongside other partners on the Council’s Steering Committee, strongly influencing the direction of the emerging Smart Cities sector, and helping to shape smart city decisions, policy and public opinion in cities across North America.
“The Smart City model offers a way to improve the quality of city life through the incorporation of technology and intelligent systems into the design of both physical and human infrastructure,” says Paul Lavallee, IBI Director, Intelligence. “Joining the Smart Cities Council is an important step in IBI Group’s contribution to the Smart City movement across North America and the world, making our cities healthier, more livable and resilient.”
"It's a natural fit," suggests Council Chairman, Jesse Berst. "IBI Group's expertise in intelligent systems, sustainable buildings and efficient infrastructure synchs perfectly with the Council's core values. We are honored to have a global firm with such deep roots in designing connected cities, and such a diverse portfolio of infrastructure and technology projects working with us as we educate and advocate for cities."
From high-rises to industrial buildings, schools to state-of-the-art hospitals, transit stations to highways, airports to toll systems, and bike lanes to parks, IBI Group designs every aspect of a truly integrated city for people to live, work and play in. This deep project portfolio will be a tremendous asset in helping to shape the Smart City Council's landmark Readiness Program™, which guides city leaders as they plan and deploy the integrated, cross-cutting technologies that define smart cities.
About IBI Group
IBI Group Inc. (TSX:IBG) is a globally integrated architecture, planning, engineering, and technology firm with over 2,500 professionals around the world. For more than 40 years, its dedicated professionals have helped clients create livable, sustainable, and advanced urban environments. IBI Group believes that cities must be designed with intelligent systems, sustainable buildings, efficient infrastructure, and a human touch.
About the Smart Cities Council
Launched in 2012, the Smart Cities Council is the author of the internationally recognized Smart Cities Readiness Guide, which provides guiding principles and best practices for an integrated, cross-cutting smart city. The Readiness Guide – which was developed based on input from hundreds of cities and solution vendors and has been applied all over the world – is the framework used to produce Readiness Workshops and Smart Cities Week conferences. The Council is comprised of more than 120 partners and advisors who have generated $2.7 trillion in annual revenue and contributed to more than 10,000 smart cities projects. To learn more, visit www.smartcitiescouncil.com.
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