Most cities and utilities see the smart cities transformation as truly revolutionary. But despite that, the latest Black & Veatch survey finds they’re moving slower in that direction. Learn about the obstacles they see in their way and how you can leap over them so you don’t get left behind.
Visioning and roadmapping tools
The Smart Cities Council and Smart Cities Council India will work with the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) and other companies to provide technical services supporting the agency’s role in India’s smart city development.
Developed specifically for government officials and technology engineers, the Council's Smart Cities Readiness Workshops promote an interactive learning environment to help participants assess their city's readiness to innovate. Click for details on upcoming workshops you may wish to attend or to learn how your organization can host a Readiness Workshop.
If you're resolved to get a smart city initiative off the ground in 2014, don't miss our latest excerpt from the Smart Cities Readiness Guide. It explains both the benefits of creating a roadmap and why experts recommend cities start with "low-hanging fruit" – smart city projects that offer a big return for a relatively small investment in money and time.
Montreal -- Quebec, Canada's largest city -- launched its 2014-2017 strategy to become a world-class model smart city after months of dialogue with citizens, municipal workers, local experts and a review of best practices around the world.
The Birmingham, UK Smart City Commission -- a body created by the city council which includes leading figures from the business, academic and public sectors -- developed a Smart City Roadmap detailing over 35 actions that aim to influence the city’s approach to creating a sustainable and better future for its citizens.
The 2012 Imagine Austin comprehensive plan provides a roadmap for Austin, Texas to navigate the challenges of the 21st century, core principles for action to achieve a sustainable future, and how the city will use those principles to turn the plan into reality.
Through Vision 2030, the City of Stockholm has clarified its long-term ambitions and aspirations. The vision is a world-class Stockholm and this document outlines how that vision plays out by 2030 with an emphasis on partnerships to make it happen. As noted in its introduction, the implementation – building new housing areas, creating workplaces, constructing new public transport – will take many years to realize.
Through two phases of work — the Citywide Vision and 18 District Plans — Philadelphia2035 builds on the Pennsylvania city’s recent achievements and long-established assets to guide physical development for the next 25 years and beyond. It is intended to be a blueprint for a 21st-century city that thrives with new growth and opportunities, connects to the region and the world, and renews its valued resources for future generations.
This document is as much a celebration and recap of what New York City has accomplished since launching its first digital roadmap in 2011 -- and it's been a lot -- as it is a document that outlines what's next. But it does mention that there are still enormous opportunities, from expanded infrastructure and STEM education to emergency digital tools and greater diversity in the sector.