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Self-Funded Public-Private Partnership Model for Citizen Services Delivery


To help governments improve service delivery, Council Associate Partner Imex Systems Inc. is pioneering a public-private partnership model where governments can obtain multi-channel service delivery infrastructure at no cost or minimal capital and operating costs. Get details in this white paper.

Nice Grid Project: Smart Grids Shape the City of Tomorrow


This paper from Council Lead Partner Alstom Grid explains how smart grids are paving the way for a fresh approach to urban development, leading to the emergence of a new concept in environmentally responsible smart cities. It offers a close up on its work in Nice, France, site of Europe's first smart solar district demonstration project.

Microsoft CityNext: Enabling Real Impact for Better Cities with a People-First Approach


This white paper from Microsoft, a Smart Cities Council - India Lead Partner, outlines its CityNext initiative, which it describes as a "people-first approach to innovation that empowers government, businesses, and citizens to shape the future of their cities." Click to learn more about CityNext and the more than 40 solution areas Microsoft has identified across city domains.

Electricity in India: Fulfilling Demand Through Positive Measures


Without a stable supply of electricity, made economically available to all of its inhabitants, India will remain hamstrung with respect to achieving its maximum potential. This white paper from Smart Cities Council - India Associate Partner GRID20/20 outlines some of the challenges facing India's electric grid as well as some of the available solutions and progress being made.

A Digital Pathway to Financial Inclusion


This white paper describes how the cash-digital divide creates stark inequities in the financial lives of poor households. The authors depict what digital financial inclusion would look like and present evidence suggesting that connecting poor people to an integrated digital financial system will generate sizable welfare benefits.

Smart Cities and the Internet of Everything: The Foundation for Delivering Next-Generation Citizen Services


This white paper by IDC Government Insights (and sponsored by Council Lead Partner Cisco) is intended to help municipal leaders, politicians, city planners and other key stakeholders in information technology organizations that support cities understand the value of smart cities and the role they can play in helping urban centers realize a smart city vision.

Understanding Renewable Energy Businesses: Aligning Renewable Energy Firms and Economic Developers


This report from the International Economic Development Council highlights findings from two surveys it conducted to help determine how policymakers, investors and economic developers can best support the sustained growth of renewable energy.

Energy Transition in Urban Environments: Battling Integration Challenges with Evolving Technologies


As increasing urbanization challenges cities, there are key technologies and social innovations needing further development. Among them, as this white paper from Alstom discusses, are the issues resulting from integration of distributed renewable energy resources with utility grids. Another is planning for compact cities with logistically sophisticated multi-modal transportation systems. This paper focuses on those and other expected changes to the Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) required to support tomorrow's cities.

A Decision-Support Framework for Using Value Capture to Fund Public Transit


Local and state governments provide 75 percent of transit funds in the United States. With all levels of governments under significant fiscal stress, any new transit funding mechanism is welcome. As this report from the Mineta Transportation Institute details, value capture (VC) is one such mechanism.