City leaders often get ideas and inspiration from what their colleagues elsewhere in the world are thinking and doing about urban challenges.
City leaders looking for insights into how cities around the world have partnered on sustainability projects in a variety of sectors will find this overview of GE's involvement on a wide range of city projects informative.
City leaders and policymakers interested in how a Smart Energy Network (SEN) contributes not only to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions but also to broader societal developments will find this paper useful. As it states, increases in energy efficiency potentially mean lower costs for consumers and thus more efficient production across a range of goods and services; increases in reliability that could well accompany increased deployment of SEN would also bring economic advantage.
This paper written by academics at several North American universities proposes a framework to understand the concept of smart cities, suggesting directions and agendas for smart city research and outlining practical implications for government professionals.
City leaders, their IT teams and urban designers will find this paper of interest as it examines the core systems that are fundamental to a city's economic and social progress and how applying smart solutions can improve and optimize these systems – whether it be improving library services or maintaining sewage systems.
City leaders and their information technology teams interested in how the evolution of urban energy infrastructures are being enabled by the integration of information technologies that help manage the increasingly distributed nature of energy supply and demand will find this paper useful.
City officials, city information technology leaders and enterprise architects will glean some of the benefits and challenges of using information technology to solve typical problems that cities face in delivering services to citizens.
City leaders and planners exploring the deployment of a broadband network for public safety may find some useful pointers from this best practices document prepared for state leaders in the United States when legislation was passed calling for a nationwide broadband network dedicated to public safety communications.
City leaders and planners wanting to understand the concept of smart water networks will find this brief white paper useful.
City leaders and planners coping with the challenges of aging infrastructures and demands for improving water efficiencies will be interested in this paper that offers a high level discussion about the promise of smarter water networks for improving operations and efficiency.