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How Maharashtra plans to become India's first digitally connected state


India's state of Maharashtra has taken the country's digital and manufacturing initiatives to heart in a big way. And to help the realize its ambitious vision, Cisco will deliver a new manufacturing hub, a smart city, education and training programs and more.

Local governments reveal top priorities, biggest barriers in smart tech adoption


A survey of nearly 500 city and county administrators across the U.S. identified smart city technologies as a top priority in the public safety sector. What most described as the biggest barrier to implementation, however, may not surprise you.

Planning for your smart city's future? How two tools you may already have can help


Planning a smart city isn't easy, in large part because a successful smart city roadmap needs to extend well into the future, not just the next few years. Read the story to learn about the tools two Virginia local governments are using to ensure that future is a sustainable, livable one.

How the Council and federal government are investing to make cities smarter


The Smart Cities Council and federal government kicked off Smart Cities Week with announcements of new investments to help cities leverage smart cities technologies. Learn about the White House’s new $80 million dollar investment and how you can get one of the five Smart Cities Council challenge grants.

Why microgrids will be essential for smart cities


Microgrids aren't quite center stage yet, but they will be critical to ensuring the strong, reliable electric networks smart cities and their all-important communications systems will depend on in the not-so-distant future. Read our dispatch from Smart Cities Week to learn more about the role microgrids will likely have in our energy future.