Challenges with the Indian Urbanization Scenario - Urbanization in India is rapid and propels social and environmental challenges. Cities are characterized by strained infrastructure which manifests itself in terms of power cuts and water shortages, high cost of living, and unaffordable real estate resulting in urban sprawl and slums, high volume of traffic resulting in pollution and delays.
Cybersecurity is an issue that can't be ignored at any level of government. To help cities prioritize risks and assign roles and responsibilities for key aspects of cybersecurity within their infrastructures, Microsoft just released a set of recommendations every city should consider. Click to download a copy.
This report from the IBM Center for the Business of Government is based on detailed analysis of five public sector contracts for cloud services. From the five case studies, the authors developed a series of recommendations for government organizations to guide them in the writing and negotiating of contracts for cloud services.
Sponsored by CDW•G, this guide provides information on grants that are, in many cases, intended for use by local governments. Many of the grants emphasize research and investment into new information technologies and other technological innovations.
Like it or not, cities today compete with each other for talent and jobs. It makes sense, therefore, to track the leaders to study what they have done right. And to study those who did it wrong. This compendium of city rankings, scores and predictions provides some of both. It is available exclusively to members of the Smart Cities Council.
The city of Chicago's public-private technology plan highlights five broad technology-based strategies and identifies current and future initiatives within each of those strategies that city leaders believe will accelerate economic growth, build educated and digitally engaged communities and workforces, improve government services and reduce costs through technology.
City leaders interested in a framework for advancing digital technology can get some insights from the Digital Masterplan for Dublin provides a guide for the city in terms of adaption, creation and adoption of digital technologies and processes. Dublin leaders believe it will lead to more efficient overall management of the city, its resources and everyday activities.
In 2009, Vancouver, British Columbia Mayor Gregor Robertson put together a Greenest City Action Team. Its job was to construct a plan to transform Vancouver into the greenest city on earth. This document outlines the vision and may serve as a useful starting point to other cities getting started on a smart city path.
City leaders looking for ways to jumpstart mobility initiatives will find this AT&T policy guide extremely useful. It illustrates the promise of mobility using public sector case studies and reviews the most common challenges to developing mobile initiatives.
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