Scroll down to read the latest news and trends in the smart cities space. Also check out timely articles about Compassionate Cities.

Instructions to Participate in Irish Smart City Knowledge Exchange

Wed, 2019-09-18 10:53 -- Jon DeKeles

If you are a city in North America, you are invited to provide information about your smart city projects in the Council’s Smart Cities Activator. You may have gotten an email inviting your city to participate. If so, follow the instructions in the email. Or click to find out how to participate.

Irish Knowledge Exchange

Wed, 2019-09-18 03:57 -- Philip Bane

Enterprise Ireland Partners with the Smart Cities Council to Accelerate Irish Progress. The Council is inviting North American cities to nominate projects from which Enterprise Ireland will select cities with bold projects that improve their livability, workability, and sustainability To participate please visit for a further description of the Readiness Invitation and how your city can participate.

Inside Look: What cities were buying and planning in August 2019

Thu, 2019-08-22 05:59 -- Philip Bane

Companies looking to supply smart cities with products or services have plenty of opportunities available across the country. As more government agencies begin investing in the smart cities movement, companies in the business-to-government (B2G) marketplace have the chance to take advantage.

WeGO Chooses Smart Cities Activator

Sun, 2019-08-11 09:25 -- Philip Bane

World Smart Sustainable Cities Organization (WeGO) and Smart Cities Council (Council) have partnered to improve their mutual engagement with cities globally. The partnership, while using Smart Cities Activator as the foundation, is also based on working together to advance smart city projects by sharing with cities best practices for project development, feasibility, and project financing.

Why your city should imitate Baltimore. (Yes, we said Baltimore.)

Tue, 2019-07-30 13:55 -- Philip Bane

If you’ve read the recent criticisms of Baltimore by Donald Trump, you might be tempted to write the city off. In reality, Baltimore is on the brink of becoming a smart, sustainable city. This article explains, and suggests the lessons other cities can learn from it.

Inside Look: What U.S. smart cities were buying and planning in July 2019

Mon, 2019-07-29 14:30 -- SCC Staff

As more governments begin investing in the smart cities movement, companies in the business-to-government (B2G) marketplace have the chance to take advantage. This article explains 10 smart city projects that were recently a) awarded to a vendor, or b) recently put out to bid, or c) included in an agency’s future spending plan.

Why and how to treat cyber attacks like natural disasters

Mon, 2019-07-29 14:12 -- Philip Bane

The National Governors Association believes every state needs a cyber response plan like the ones used for natural disasters. It has prepared an issue brief with 14 recommendations plus links to helpful information. Why bother? Put simply, a significant cyber incident could stretch a central government's ability to respond. States need plans in place to ensure they are ready to respond without federal help.

Resiliency best practices emerge from Texas workshops

Mon, 2019-07-29 11:49 -- SCC Staff

Qualcomm sponsored a series of workshops in Texas, where we developed 18 specific project ideas other regions can study for ideas. In addition, the process revealed six best practices: 1) Build a national/regional coalition; 2) Build side-by-side with the communities; 3) Build back better; 4) Build smart from the start; 5) Take a phased approach; and 6) Move from conversation mode to action mode. This article provides a link to the resulting action plan where you can review details.

Virginia Chooses Smart Cities Activator

Thu, 2019-07-18 11:26 -- Philip Bane

The Chief Data Officer, (CDO), for the Commonwealth of Virginia, Carlos Rivero announced a state-wide survey of cities and counties in Virginia to support development of a statewide data governance policy. Recognizing the critical role of data governance for smart communities, the CDO has partnered with the Center for Innovative Technology and is using Smart Cities Activator, an online collaborative platform provided by the Smart Cities Council.

Developing a Smart Province in Indonesia – An Opportunity to Collaborate

Thu, 2019-06-27 08:27 -- SCC Staff

Based on research jointly conducted by AlphaBeta, the Hinrich Foundation and the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) titled “The Digital Komodo Dragon: How Indonesia can capture digital trade opportunity at home and abroad”, the Jakarta Post recently reported that digital trade is expected to be the biggest support for the country’s economy by 2030.

The Readiness Network

Tue, 2019-05-28 16:00 -- Jon DeKeles

The Smart Cities Readiness Network is a global knowledge exchange for public sector employees. It offers a weekly newsletter, in-person workshops, discounts to smart city conferences, and a way to find and connect with cities working on similar projects. You may apply to join by filling in a short, online form.

Cities and electric companies can unlock a powerful partnership (here's how)

Thu, 2019-05-16 15:05 -- Kevin Ebi

If you want to become a smart, sustainable city — and if you want the prosperity that comes along — you must have the support of your electric company. A new guide from the Smart Cities Council and Edison Electric Institute outlines a proven path to success.

In Hungary, 5G-equipped cities are vital to making the country smarter

Sat, 2019-01-19 06:42 -- SCC Europe Staff

Tech corporation ZTE is looking to bring Hungary’s technology up to 21st century standards starting with one major upgrade: a 5G network. While small towns like Szentendre near Budapest have toyed with smart city solutions like Smart Parking systems, it’s up to larger metropolises to set the example when it comes to Smart City projects.

Fairfax County draws an innovative future that will deliver for generations to come

Thu, 2018-03-22 15:36 -- Kevin Ebi

Too often, today’s solutions can become tomorrow’s problems. See how Fairfax County, Virginia, a 2018 Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge finalist, plans to use its current success to build an innovative, inclusive future that lifts the next generation.

Meet our 2018 Readiness Challenge Grant finalists (and one humanitarian grant winner)

Sun, 2018-01-28 19:10 -- Kevin Ebi

Here are the 10 finalists for this year’s Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge Grants. Learn about their ambitious visions and the steps they’re already taking to achieve them. Also, hear about our special award to help Puerto Rico recover faster from last year’s devastating hurricane.

Panasonic's Kid Witness News global summit nurtures a new generation of leaders

Mon, 2017-07-24 12:28 -- Compassionate C...

Panasonic's Kid Witness News educational program is now in 18 countries, supplying schools with video production equipment that enables students to report on the world through their eyes. Next week the company hosts its first KWN summit in Japan. It promises to be eye-opening; find out why.

How Okotoks became a North American water conservation leader

Thu, 2017-06-22 13:14 -- Doug Peeples

Canadians use a lot of water. The country is ranked among the highest in the world for water consumption. So it's more than a little surprising that a small Alberta town has emerged as a role model for its efforts to reduce water use. Read our story to learn how they did it.

Is your city stuck in traffic? Maybe you should try Louisville's approach

Wed, 2017-06-14 14:28 -- Doug Peeples

Louisville, Kentucky isn't a major metropolis but it has big city traffic problems. It's ranked as one of the top 50 in the country for traffic congestion. So the city's turning to technology solutions for help – and planning to tackle traffic snarls in a way that might appeal to other cities with similar headaches.

Challenge Grant Update: How Orlando's planning for smart growth

Thu, 2017-06-08 22:42 -- Kevin Ebi

Orlando has one of the fastest-growing job markets in the U.S. — which is also making its population one of the fastest-growing too. Learn how it’s using its Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge Grant to grow smarter to stretch resources and deliver a strong quality of life.

New UK report offers insights on technologies that battle social isolation and loneliness

Wed, 2017-05-24 11:59 -- Compassionate C...

Innovative technologies can improve the physical and mental well-being of people who suffer from loneliness and lack of social connections. A new report highlights examples, such as Australia's InTouch Living system.

Miami's enhanced resilience plan: a lesson for other cities?

Thu, 2017-02-09 15:42 -- Doug Peeples

Like many large cities, Miami is wrestling with the challenges of growing populations and aging infrastructure. But the coastal city has another big problem: increasingly frequent tidal flooding. If your city is facing similar challenges, Miami's action plan may provide ideas and solutions you can use.

Smart Cities Council Announces Winners of Smart Cities Readiness Challenge Grants

Wed, 2017-02-08 03:00 -- SCC Staff

Smart Cities Council, the world’s largest smart cities network, announced today that Austin, Indianapolis, Miami, Orlando and Philadelphia are the five winners of the Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge Grant program. Over 130 cities were involved in the application process. The winning cities will receive a tailored Readiness Workshop during 2017 to develop a roadmap for applying smart technologies to further innovation, inclusion and investment within their cities.

Tech Republic: One of these 10 municipalities may be the next smartest city in the US

Mon, 2017-02-06 17:36 -- SCC Staff

Ten cities were selected as finalists in the Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge Grant program recently. Of those finalists, the five winning cities will receive readiness workshops geared to their particular smart cities needs in addition to technology and services to be provided by Council partners.

Statescoop: Smart state initiative sails onward in Illinois

Mon, 2017-02-06 13:41 -- SCC Staff

State officials and partners gathered to map out their strategy for transforming Illinois into a smart state at the Smart State Roadmap Workshop recently. The two-day workshop, held by the Smart Cities Council, addressed sensors and Internet of Things, citizen engagement, services delivery and much more.

An app store for... smart grid? (It's important for smart cities too.)

Thu, 2017-01-26 15:06 -- SCC Staff

It's a challenge for both utilities and cities to provide the best services they can while managing complex technologies and keeping costs down. Wouldn't it be great if there was an easier way to access and deliver apps to meters, sensors and other devices to boost their functionality – and value? Now there is. Think of it as an "app store."

Driverless shuttles: another step toward smarter urban mobility?

Thu, 2017-01-26 13:25 -- Doug Peeples

While driverless vehicles are in various stages of development and testing, it's becoming abundantly clear that they will be part of the urban landscape in the future. Read our story to learn about a driverless passenger shuttle bus making the rounds in several U.S. cities

Need help paying for smart city projects? More resources you can use

Thu, 2017-01-19 14:40 -- Doug Peeples

Smart cities offer a sustainable place to live and work. But if your city is like so many others it may not have the bucks to invest in the projects and technologies that make a city smart. Read our story to learn about financing models and sources (and a program that helps cities in developing countries improve their credit rating).

A new tool that could help you get to the bottom of your traffic troubles

Thu, 2017-01-12 11:54 -- SCC Partner

As the costs of highway congestion continue to grow dramatically, a new effort could give your city what it really needs to make a difference: robust, accurate and meaningful data. Learn how the effort could not only get traffic flowing, but also improve safety.

Partner Spotlight: News for Panasonic, Huawei, Itron, Siemens, IBM and more

Thu, 2017-01-05 10:57 -- Doug Peeples

Panasonic's new partnership... Itron's MDM recognized... IBM's hybrid cloud goes to sea... ZTE and Huawei boost 5G-ready mobile equipment production... Siemens wins federal government energy savings contracts... CH2M supports USAID humanitarian efforts. Click the links for details.

Stuck in a rut? Why Boston is asking its people for new ideas

Tue, 2016-12-20 13:46 -- Doug Peeples

The city of Boston has undertaken a number of IoT-based smart city pilot projects, but hasn't always been impressed with the results of their investments. To ensure it doesn't happen again, the city is asking the public and professionals to weigh in and share their thoughts and expertise.

Smart payment technologies (and why they help smart cities deliver on their promise)

Thu, 2016-12-15 14:14 -- Doug Peeples

Cost-effectiveness and efficiency are essential for smart cities to run smoothly and provide the level of service citizens expect. Read our story to learn how smart payment technologies can help ensure those undertakings are successful.

Thank your universities (because they're filling the smart cities talent gap)

Thu, 2016-12-01 14:40 -- Doug Peeples

Because a smart city's success depend so heavily on complex systems and technologies, one question often asked is: where do we find the skilled tech professionals capable of operating and administering them? Fortunately, more and more universities and other institutions are stepping up to fill the talent gap.

Tomorrow's schools: Lessons from Pittsburgh, San Antonio, Chicago and more

Thu, 2016-12-01 12:56 -- SCC Partner

What will tomorrow's schools look like? Several cities are already building them, earning an economic advantage from companies hungry for well-skilled workers. From after-school STEM programs and tablet computers to virtual schools and virtual reality, here are some ideas to consider.

How one city plans to get smarter (and share how they did it with others)

Tue, 2016-11-22 12:50 -- Doug Peeples

One of the big challenges on the path to becoming a smart city is figuring out how to do a better job of providing services for citizens when city resources are limited. Read the story to learn how Bellevue, Washington and partners will develop a tool to do just that—and share it with other cities.

Partner Spotlight: News for Siemens, Transdev, Itron, Cubic Transportation and more

Tue, 2016-11-22 10:11 -- Doug Peeples

A blockchain microgrid partnership for Siemens... Cubic Transportation wins UK contract... recognition for Transdev... Itron's Australia water distribution automation project and a clean energy company award for Schneider Electric. Click the links for details.

Disaster planning: why natural defenses can help your city

Thu, 2016-11-17 13:35 -- Doug Peeples

For coastal communities subject to frequent destructive storms, there may be a line of defense that is helping to lessen their impact. New research indicates that coastal wetlands have been responsible for significant reductions in property damage. But we're not doing enough to protect them.

Want a truly resilient smart city? Then let's talk microgrids

Thu, 2016-11-17 13:28 -- Doug Peeples

Connecticut was hit hard by massive storms (including Hurricane Sandy) that caused major power outages and extensive property damage a few years ago. That had a lot to with why the state quickly launched a program to fund microgrid construction: to limit outages and lessen the aftermath. Read our story for an update.

How technology helps cities prepare for (and respond to) disasters

Thu, 2016-11-17 12:23 -- SCC Partner

As weather patterns change and become more unpredictable, it is essential for cities to be able to quickly and comprehensively respond to disasters. Here are some approaches you can use to ensure you are deploying emergency personnel and equipment precisely where and when they're needed.

People need safe water: How to see issues before they bubble to the surface

Thu, 2016-11-17 11:50 -- SCC Partner

How can water utilities effectively and efficiently protect their delivery networks against floods and other disasters? Black & Veatch shares technologies they can use to better inform their decision-making and meet customer expectations of clean, safe water.

Is predictive policing right for your smart city?

Thu, 2016-11-10 14:54 -- Doug Peeples

Until relatively recently, police work typically involved reacting to events as they happened or shortly after. And anticipating crime was largely a combination of officers' intuition and experience. Predictive policing is a different approach that could very well be changing the future of law enforcement. Read our story to learn how.

Discover how the Internet of Things is driving more cost-efficient cities

Tue, 2016-11-08 12:49 -- SCC Staff

Leaders struggling to do more with less should not ignore the benefits the Internet of Things brings to internal government operations. Cost efficiencies are chief among them. Click for real-life examples and to download a new IoT white paper from the Council and Microsoft.

Is your city doing enough to protect against cyberattacks? (Survey says probably not)

Thu, 2016-11-03 15:49 -- Doug Peeples

Cities are buzzing with excitement about what they can accomplish with their smart city projects and the technologies that enable them. But by overlooking or failing to take action on security vulnerabilities, IT professionals warn the benefits from those technologies could be short-lived.

How a Denver solar-plus-storage project will benefit the city -- and the grid

Thu, 2016-11-03 15:39 -- SCC Staff

Council Associate Partner Panasonic, energy storage company Younicos and electric utility Xcel are working together on a solar-plus-storage system for a Panasonic operations hub. Read the story to learn how it will benefit a community development and the electric grid, too.

How cities around the world are enhancing urban lifestyles with the Internet of Things

Thu, 2016-11-03 06:27 -- SCC Staff

Wondering how the Internet of Things can deliver valuable benefits in your neighborhoods and downtowns? Click for a new white paper produced by the Smart Cities Council and Microsoft; it's loaded with examples of IoT in action in cities around the world.

"Lighthouse City:" A brighter, smarter future for Washington, D.C.

Thu, 2016-10-27 15:16 -- Doug Peeples

With a smart street light pilot project successfully wrapped up, Washington, D.C. technology and transportation officials are moving ahead with partner Cisco on an ambitious citywide smart cities upgrade that will cut the district's operating costs and pave the way for a variety of smart city benefits.

How the Colorado DOT plans to connect cars and roads to make driving safer

Thu, 2016-10-27 15:09 -- SCC Staff

The Colorado Department of Transportation wants to make a particularly troublesome Interstate freeway that passes through the state safer and more efficient. The solution? Provide a platform that allows cars, drivers and the road a way to share information.

Take a second look at how you're managing city resources (think materials)

Wed, 2016-10-26 17:06 -- SCC Partner

Many cities are focused on software and sensor technologies to help them manage resources like buildings and streets. But what about the materials used to build them? Read on to learn how integrating materials science can lead to smarter, more efficient resource management – and higher quality infrastructure.

How a school's major energy upgrade will save almost $1 million a year (and help pay for itself)

Thu, 2016-10-20 13:38 -- Doug Peeples

A major energy system upgrade for a Boston-area community college will not only transform the school into a green campus and provide more comfortable facilities, it also is expected to save nearly $860,000 in annual energy costs. Read the story for details.

Partner Spotlight: News for Ooredoo, IBM, Siemens, Panasonic and more

Wed, 2016-10-19 12:37 -- SCC Staff

A major power plant contract for Black & Veatch... recognition for S&C Electric... Ooredoo's data center upgrades... IBM and Siemens partner on health... and Panasonic and Schneider Electric are making building and energy management simpler. Click the links for details.

Smart Cities Council Awards Innovative Start-Ups for Commitment to Connectivity and Climate during Smart Cities Week

Wed, 2016-10-19 10:26 -- SCC Staff

Smart Cities Council, the world’s largest smart cities network, honored three start-up companies for their commitment to providing municipalities with effective solutions to manage urban growth during Smart Cities Week in Washington, D.C. last month. Placemeter won the Innovation Alley Connectivity Award, while StratIS and OperaSoft were both awarded the Environmental Impact Award.

UK study: Who are smart cities going to help the most?

Thu, 2016-10-13 13:57 -- Doug Peeples

Understanding citizen expectations and needs is essential for a successful smart city roadmap. But what's the best way to do it? UK researchers plan to identify the types of citizens likely to benefit from and engage the most with smart city technologies and policies. Read our story to learn how and why.

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

Thu, 2016-10-13 13:54 -- Doug Peeples

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

Thu, 2016-10-13 09:54 -- SCC Staff

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

Wed, 2016-10-05 18:52 -- Doug Peeples

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

Thu, 2016-09-29 15:38 -- SCC Staff

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.

4 best practices for how to get smart cities right

Thu, 2016-09-29 15:31 -- SCC Staff

It's not easy to come up with a set of recommendations for how cities can best make their smart city visions reality… because all cities are different, with different populations and different needs. But there are some lessons learned by successful cities that can help guide yours to success, too.

Why microgrids will be essential for smart cities

Thu, 2016-09-29 12:18 -- Doug Peeples

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.

How do you build a solid communications network (and build value on top of it)?

Wed, 2016-09-28 17:00 -- Doug Peeples

A city can’t be smart without a resilient, strong communications network to tie it together. But how does a city go about deciding the right path to success? Read the story to get advice on the topic from some of the experts speaking at Smart Cities Week.

White House Commitment: Smart Cities Council Challenge Grants

Mon, 2016-09-26 06:50 -- SCC Staff

The Smart Cities Council commits to award five Smart Cities Council Challenge Grants to help five American cities apply smart technologies to improve urban livability, workability and sustainability. For each of the five winning cities, the Council will deliver a tailored one-day Readiness Program during the 2017 calendar year.

Partner Spotlight: News for Oracle, Qualcomm, Current, Siemens, Cubic Transportation and more

Thu, 2016-09-22 14:46 -- SCC Staff

Oracle's Center of Excellence... Qualcomm and GE's Current partner on smart buildings... a Dubai parks project for Siemens... Cubic picked for Singapore fare collection system... Black & Veatch wins honors... Click the links for details.

How one school district solved a critical problem (and saved money too)

Thu, 2016-09-22 14:31 -- Doug Peeples

After a long statewide budget impasse, several Pennsylvania school districts faced possible school closures. But one district, plagued with HVAC system failures and maintenance problems, decided to invest in a $3.4 million system upgrade despite the financial uncertainty. Read the story to learn why.

One way cities can stay on top of waste collection (Think sensors)

Tue, 2016-09-20 14:55 -- Doug Peeples

No one likes to see piles of trash on and around trash containers, and those unexpected overflows generate citizen complaints and unscheduled trips to empty them. Edinburgh, Scotland is trying out a sensor-based solution and city officials are liking what they see so far.

Need to keep your smart city project costs down? Consider doing two at a time

Tue, 2016-09-20 14:41 -- Doug Peeples

It seems like there's never enough money for everything city leaders would like to do to improve or add needed services. But by choosing the right upgrade projects, you might be able to save serious money by deploying two at the same time. That's what Enel is doing. Read the story to find out how.

2 smart healthcare trends that are saving lives (and cutting costs)

Thu, 2016-09-15 15:28 -- Doug Peeples

Two trends are changing healthcare – and cities and their medical facilities should be prepared for them if they're to maintain a competitive edge. Read the story to learn about an emerging approach that puts patients first and advances in wireless health technologies that provide better care at reduced costs.

How Finland's making a good health care system even better

Thu, 2016-09-15 15:19 -- Doug Peeples

Finland, already known for its healthcare technology innovations, has ambitious plans to further improve the health of its citizens as well as its healthcare system. With help from IBM's cognitive computing technologies, the country envisions becoming one of the world's top data-led hospital systems.

Why microgrids should be part of your smart city plans

Tue, 2016-09-13 14:00 -- Doug Peeples

As cities move away from fossil fuels and toward a smart energy network of renewable energy sources and distributed generation, the technologies needed to support those networks are evolving rapidly. Click to learn about a hybrid microgrid demonstration project that could increase the demand for microgrids as solutions for integrating renewables and backup power sources during outages.

Partner Spotlight: News for Schneider Electric, Siemens, Enevo, CH2M and more

Thu, 2016-09-08 12:15 -- SCC Staff

Siemens' new grid automation system... Enevo's smart waste management partnership... Black & Veatch Hong Kong Airport water project... CH2M consults on Toronto transit rail service expansion... Intel's computer vision tech acquisition. Click the links for details.

Vehicle-to-grid technology: It could be a smart idea for smart cities

Fri, 2016-09-02 11:45 -- Doug Peeples

Vehicle-to-grid technology, the concept of using electric vehicles to help manage the electric grid, could be a step closer to reality if Council Associate Partner Enel and its partners have anything to say about it. They have developed and installed a commercial system at a Danish utility and consider it a major step in addressing the technology's challenges.

What are the feds doing for smart cities? More than you might think

Thu, 2016-09-01 16:00 -- Doug Peeples

Does your city have the financing and technological know-how it needs to plan and deploy smart transportation and mobility projects? If not, read our story for details about examples of programs the U.S. Department of Transportation has in place that may meet your needs.

How combining technologies can take a huge bite out of your cooling costs

Thu, 2016-08-25 12:30 -- SCC Staff

During peak summer months, the heat in Persian Gulf states is extreme — so extreme that about 70% of the region's electricity demand is for cooling. Click to find out about a building management solution that can dramatically reduce energy costs and make your city more sustainable.

Smart idea: why Oracle's building a high school on its corporate campus

Thu, 2016-08-25 10:30 -- Doug Peeples

Earlier this year Oracle announced it would invest $200 million in U.S. computer science education as part of a larger global initiative. But company leaders wanted to take their education initiatives further. The company is now building a public high school on its corporate campus to teach students problem-solving skills and more. Read the story to learn what's behind the strategy.

Steal these ideas from top Asia-Pacific smart city projects

Tue, 2016-08-23 15:15 -- Doug Peeples

A total of 14 projects were recognized as the top smart city initiatives in Council Associate Partner IDC's annual Smart City Asia-Pacific Awards for 2016. Click to the site to learn about two of the award-winning projects and find strategies and approaches you can use for your own smart city transformations.

Three smart city funding sources you may not have thought about

Thu, 2016-08-18 14:45 -- Doug Peeples

One of the biggest challenges cities face when considering smart city transformations is cost. Installing and integrating the technologies that make smart cities work is expensive and many cities are simply unable to afford them. Read the story for funding ideas that may help your city reach its goals.

Why Kansas City leaders want a smart city (and how they're doing it)

Tue, 2016-08-16 10:30 -- Doug Peeples

When Kansas City moved forward in May with a smart city pilot project, city leaders went with a small section of the city's core area because they wanted to be sure it worked before committing to a more ambitious smart city upgrade. Read the story for details on phase two, which will add new services and expand the area covered.

Developing the smart city workforce: It doesn't always happen in the classroom

Tue, 2016-08-16 10:30 -- SCC Staff

CH2M, the Nature Conservancy and a Pennsylvania high school have won a prestigious mentoring award for a program they developed to teach STEM skills to students. But the important part of the story is what the program is accomplishing and how it and others like it can contribute to the skilled work force smart cities need. Click for details.

One way to fit smart building management into a tight budget

Thu, 2016-08-11 10:20 -- Doug Peeples

IoT-based smarter building management systems can do a lot to increase energy efficiency (and reduce the power bill), enhance security and take advantage of data analytics to improve overall performance. But they can be expensive. Fortunately advances in the field are providing more options, like the one described in our story. Click for details.

Another sustainable smart city option? Build it from the ground up (and include solar)

Thu, 2016-08-11 10:00 -- Doug Peeples

Cities like Barcelona and Copenhagen are typically at the top of "world's best" smart cities lists. But they are existing cities with centuries of history, and their ongoing smart city transformations have had their share of challenges. Public-private partnerships in Florida and Colorado are taking a different tack: they're starting from scratch, and on a much smaller scale.

Partner Spotlight: News for Huawei, IDC, Panasonic, Telit and more

Tue, 2016-08-09 11:00 -- SCC Staff

Huawai partners on Shenzhen Gigaband City project... IDC's new report on connected cars and smart cities... Panasonic and Nissan in talks about EV battery deal... Telit partners on end-to-end IoT solutions... Black & Veatch chosen for South Africa waste-to-energy plant. Click the links for details.

How one company is helping today's students become tomorrow's smart citizens

Tue, 2016-08-09 11:00 -- Doug Peeples

The typical path for school age students is completing high school, then moving on to college and/or a career. But many underserved students in impoverished rural areas drop out and never get that opportunity. Read the story to learn about an AT&T grant program that's giving rural students in North Carolina a better shot at success.

4 key points to consider BEFORE your city moves to digital services

Thu, 2016-08-04 11:00 -- Doug Peeples

With many cities facing chronically tight budgets and the need to expand services to meet the changing demands of growing populations, switching to digital services can often be the right choice. Our story explains some of the critical elements to consider when moving services online and how to provide maximum benefits for citizens and do it cost-effectively.

Need a hand with your smart city project? Government help may be on the way

Tue, 2016-08-02 10:00 -- Doug Peeples

A group of U.S. House members is collaborating on legislation to help cities make their smart city transformations work. The bill they're drafting focuses on the areas where cities usually need the most help: securing financing and the guidance and expertise they need to ensure successful projects.

Partner Spotlight: News for Ooredoo, Daimler, Cisco, CH2M, Schneider Electric

Tue, 2016-07-26 11:15 -- SCC Staff

Schneider Electric's online renewable energy resource... numerous awards for Ooredoo companies... Daimler beefs up EV R&D investment... Cisco to provide expertise for Hyderabad smart city project... CH2M chosen for Reagan National Airport design contract. Click the links to learn more.

Why city colleges should consider partnering with tech companies

Tue, 2016-07-26 09:35 -- Doug Peeples

A former student's gratitude for the training that helped him land a job with Siemens has led to paid internships with the company for promising students in an Oregon community college energy management program. It's a classic win-win: good jobs for the students and a talent pool of much-needed building control technicians for the company.

Drought: when water system resilience and conservation really matter

Thu, 2016-07-21 12:07 -- Doug Peeples

California's drought isn't over and another bout of hot, dry weather is a possibility there. Other states are on drought watch and some are already suffering. It's not just the U.S. Vietnam is enduring its worst drought in 90 years. In this special issue, we share strategies and technologies developed to ensure efficient, sustainable water supplies—and examples of why they are so sorely needed.

How risk assessments make you more resilient to weather extremes

Thu, 2016-07-21 11:36 -- SCC Partner

As prolonged droughts continue to take a toll on farmers, businesses and residents, see how CH2M's approach using risk assessments can not only make your city more resilient to drought, but any type of extreme weather.As prolonged droughts continue to take a toll on farmers, businesses and residents, see how CH2M's approach using risk assessments can not only make your city more resilient to drought, but any type of extreme weather.

Ideas you can use: Chicago's "Array of Things" project

Tue, 2016-07-19 12:25 -- SCC Staff

A network of sensors will be installed at several locations in Chicago to monitor and track several of the things that affect livability—like air quality, climate and noise. While the project is designed to help the city become healthier and more efficient, the data collected will be open to anyone who wants to use it, from citizens and scientists to researchers and other cities.

How open data is helping a Georgia police department reconnect with citizens

Tue, 2016-07-19 12:20 -- Doug Peeples

When the residents of Georgia suburb Johns Creek want to know what their police department is up to, all they need to do is look it up rather than file a request for a report. In addition to opening lines of communication between the department and the people they serve, an experimental new program gives police the information and insights they need to operate more efficiently.

Meet the autonomous bus that could get people out of their cars

Tue, 2016-07-19 09:38 -- Kevin Ebi

Struggling to get people out of their cars? Check out the Future Bus from Mercedes-Benz. It made headlines this week for driving itself, but its luxurious interior is also worth noting. Park-bench seating. Wireless charging. A lounge for long-distance commuters. Sound like something you would want to ride?

How Huawei will bring smart city solutions to Dubai South

Thu, 2016-07-14 11:45 -- Doug Peeples

Council Associate Partner Huawei will provide a variety of enhancements and solutions to bring a Dubai South business park into the smart city era. The company will provide its ICT expertise and technology to help Dubai achieve its ambitions to become one of the world's smartest cities.

Why we could see self-driving cars on city streets in five years

Thu, 2016-07-14 11:00 -- Doug Peeples

A new partnership between technology and car companies expects to have a platform for self-driving cars in production by 2021. It's yet another indicator of what our connected transportation future will look like—and a reminder that cities will need to be ready for it.

Partner Spotlight: News for Schneider Electric, Enevo, Oracle, Saudi Telecom and more

Tue, 2016-07-12 10:30 -- SCC Staff

A U.S. military microgrid project for Black & Veatch and Schneider Electric... Enevo's sustainability award... Oracle enhances its SPARC cloud platform... Enel starts on largest Latin American solar plant... Saudi Telecom's role in country's digital transformation. Follow the link to learn more.

Why your city should be thinking about smaller underground metro stations (It worked for London)

Tue, 2016-07-12 10:30 -- Doug Peeples

Need a new metro train station but can’t stomach a major construction project in the middle of downtown? Read our story to learn why a smaller station might be the best option. Your CFO—and your citizens—will thank you for it.

How standards help Washington, D.C. accelerate smart cities efforts

Thu, 2016-07-07 12:00 -- SCC Partner

As Washington, D.C. moves forward with its work to build the smart city its leaders envision, the importance of standards that consistently assure interoperability of all its elements is becoming clear. Click for insights and lessons learned so far from the DowntownDC Business Improvement District.

What cities need from federal and state government: Advice from Austin all-stars

Tue, 2016-07-05 08:26 -- SCC Partner

The success of a smart city is largely determined by how connected it is, not only internally, but with other levels of government. A recent panel discussion in Austin highlighted ways that governments can work better together to more effectively allocate resources, better educate students and more.

Will electric highways be coming to your city?

Fri, 2016-07-01 15:00 -- Doug Peeples

Tweaking existing technologies to create new ones happens all the time. But borrowing 150-year-old technology to provide solutions for today's air quality problems is, well—a little different. Read the story to learn how (and why) Siemens is testing old street car technology to power today's new electric trucks.

IoT and smart cities: what happens next?

Fri, 2016-06-24 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

Predicting how technologies will evolve (or if they will) is a difficult chore. But with millions of connected devices and sensors collecting massive amounts of new forms of data and new ways to use it, most analysts see substantial and continued growth in the number of cities moving toward Internet of Things technology as they work to make their operations more efficient and cost-effective.

How multiple IoT projects contribute to Washington, D.C.'s long-term vision

Fri, 2016-06-24 06:00 -- SCC Partner

Washington, DC is engaged in several IoT-based projects designed to lead it to a safe, secure future, and to establish an open development platform for experimentation and innovation in city services delivery. Read the story for details on the projects and their progress.

Unlock your city's potential by building on the IoT

Fri, 2016-06-24 06:00 -- SCC Partner

There are ever increasing numbers of intelligent devices in cities, but what makes a city a smart city is what it’s actually able to do with them. From infrastructure to analytics to partnerships, see what the world’s smartest cities are doing and what you can do to make your IoT investment pay for itself.

How data made Blainville's roads safer (and saved $200,000)

Thu, 2016-06-23 12:34 -- SCC Partner

When you think of making winter roads safer, you tend to think of de-icer. Blainville, however, turned to data. By bringing all of the different sources of data together with a map-based platform from K2 Geospatial, the city found ways to dramatically improve safety while cutting costs.

Learn from 3 cities that aren't losing business to the internet

Wed, 2016-06-22 06:00 -- Kevin Ebi

While online retailers have been stealing business from traditional stores, three British cities have launched ambitious efforts to bring shoppers back. And it’s working. From smart parking and payments to strategic development, read on for ideas you can use to make your downtown vibrant.

Electric car and charging network markets are growing fast. Is your city ready?

Wed, 2016-06-22 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

Self-driving cars are said to be a few years away from appearing on city streets. But electric cars are here now and their numbers are growing. Is your city prepared—or preparing—to accommodate more EVs and, eventually, autonomous cars? If not, the trends in the story below explain why it should be.

A Chief Data Officer explains the biggest hurdles and how to get past them

Fri, 2016-06-17 06:00 -- SCC Partner

Chief Data Officers are valuable leaders that can really propel your smart cities initiatives. Los Angeles County’s first Chief Data Officer shares his insight into the toughest part of the job — and it may not be exactly what you expect. Read on for tips to make your leaders more effective.

Smart education: why Microsoft is taking a video game to the classroom

Fri, 2016-06-17 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

Usually, teachers would take a dim view of students playing video games in class. But with Council Lead Partner Microsoft's educational version of a popular video game, educators can teach their students about real-world subjects (such as city planning) and more traditional coursework in a collaborative learning environment.

How to fight climate change and save money (California saved $200 million)

Fri, 2016-06-17 06:00 -- Kevin Ebi

A sustainable energy supply that helps you make progress toward your climate goals doesn’t have to be prohibitively expensive. In fact, as places like California and Charlotte demonstrate, it could end up saving you millions of dollars. Read on for three tips to help you get started.

What you can learn from Manchester's new innovation center

Wed, 2016-06-15 06:09 -- Doug Peeples

Cisco is collaborating on a new innovation center in Manchester to provide support and guidance to start-up companies and their technologies in the areas of smart cities, IoT, digital healthcare and more. Manchester's a big, bustling city with equally big ambitions, but our story may give you some ideas on how collaboration can work for your city.

A better way for your buildings to talk to your power grid (and why you should care)

Wed, 2016-06-15 06:00 -- SCC Staff

Smart buildings and smart grids both offer tremendous benefits, but they work even better when they’re working together. And since cities are made up of lots of buildings, you have a lot to gain by getting them to do that. Learn about a new standard that will help.

One way to add open green space to your city (and do it really cheaply)

Wed, 2016-06-15 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

Many cities are fortunate to have plenty of open, green public space for their citizens to enjoy. But what if your city doesn't have the land or the budget to do it? Read the story to learn about how the city of Fresno and local school districts are tackling the problem.

Integrated transportation: Why it's good for jobs, the planet and your budget

Fri, 2016-06-10 06:00 -- SCC Partner

Nearly half the greenhouse gas emissions in your city come from transportation. Learn why developing an integrated, multi-modal transportation network not only helps you cut emissions, but gets people to their destinations faster (and saves you money.)

Connected cars are coming (and soon). Is your city ready for them?

Fri, 2016-06-10 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

Connected cars are expected to be fairly common on our highways and city streets within a few years. They're seen as the way to make cars safer and the driving experience easier, improve traffic flow, reduce pollution and more. But that raises a big question: What do cities need to do to accommodate them?

Can you flood-proof your city? Here's what they are doing in the UK

Wed, 2016-06-08 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

Just as drought has affected regions of the world that rarely if ever had a shortage of water, other areas are suffering from unexpected catastrophic floods. Council Lead Partner CH2M is working with government agencies in the UK to pinpoint risks and identify the best possible strategies to protect against floods well into the future. (There are economic benefits, too.)

Schneider partners towards an Internet of Buildings

Wed, 2016-06-08 06:00 -- SCC Staff

We’re still years away from a true Internet of Things where everything is connected, but Schneider Electric is helping to get cities closer to that point by moving us toward an Internet of Buildings. Learn how this smart approach can help building owners reduce energy use and help cities toward climate goals.

Why a major Chinese city's betting big on smart street lights

Wed, 2016-06-08 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

A recently completed connected smart street lighting trial went so well in Tianjin, China, the city's government wants to greatly expand the deployment. And add a digital incubation center as a test bed for innovative technologies with Council Lead Partner GE's energy startup Current.

Web-based efforts give ordinary citizens a way to help feed Europe's hungry

Tue, 2016-06-07 11:45 -- Compassionate C...

In Scotland, the Meal Makers program uses a web-based platform to encourage people to cook an extra meal for an isolated senior, which improves their diets and reduces food poverty and loneliness all at the same time. Read more about Meal Makers and other community-based initiatives tackling food insecurity in Europe.

How your transit agency can cut utility bills and emissions (Boston's doing it)

Fri, 2016-06-03 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

The transit agency serving the greater Boston area is working on a long-range energy management plan to cut energy costs and reduce transportation-related carbon emissions at the same time. There are a lot of approaches and opportunities, but which ones offer the biggest bang for the buck? Read on for ideas your city could use.

The same technology that makes your city smarter can bring in new jobs

Wed, 2016-06-01 06:00 -- Kevin Ebi

You know that the Internet of Things can help your city run more efficiently, but did you know it can also help create jobs? Cities like Cape Town, South Africa, are finding the next generation of job creators want to be in smart cities — and their economies are benefiting as a result.

Is your city's 911 system as good as it could be?

Wed, 2016-06-01 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

We take 911 emergency service reliability for granted. But there have been many instances when calls weren't answered or a caller's location couldn't be found, with sometimes dire consequences. Read the story to learn why one local government is working on a next generation 911 system with Council Associate Partner Black & Veatch. Then ask yourself if your city's system is as good as it could be.

Combined heat and power: one more way you can cut energy costs

Wed, 2016-06-01 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

The federal government has contracted with Siemens to install and operate a combined heat and power (CHP) plant at a U.S. Army command headquarters in Germany, part of a government effort to save energy and lower its power bill. At a time when clean energy sources are so much in demand, CHP may be an option for your city's smart energy strategy.

How Rotterdam cut trash collection costs — and boosted recycling

Wed, 2016-05-25 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

What started as a proof of concept for Enevo's smart waste management technology became a win-win for the city of Rotterdam. Read the story to learn how combining sensors for trash receptacles with route planning software reduces waste handling costs and encourages recycling. Could your city do the same?

No land available for your water recycling plant? Do what Beijing's doing

Wed, 2016-05-25 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

Many cities and regions around the world are experiencing water shortages. And while most cities would probably find land to build a water recycling plant, that's not the case in Beijing, China. The city's short on water but land is so valuable it's prohibitively expensive. That's why a water plant operator took a different approach — and is building a large water recycling plant underground.

Partner Spotlight: News from SAS, Qualcomm, Schneider, Elster and Itron

Thu, 2016-05-19 15:33 -- SCC Staff

SAS named a leader in analytics... Qualcomm's Snapdragon tech for connected cars... an intelligent lighting partnership for Schneider Electric, Elster technology featured in new meter data collection system... Avista selects Itron electric and gas meters. Follow the link to learn more.

Why Enel and Nissan's V2G technology could be good news for cities

Thu, 2016-05-19 14:19 -- Doug Peeples

Energy company Enel and Nissan, manufacturer of the Leaf EV, are taking their vehicle-to-grid show on the road — specifically to the UK. The technology adds a new twist to the role of electric cars by turning them into rolling energy storage systems. Read the story to learn more, and how it could help cities with energy management.

How good is your infrastructure really? (It is more than just roads)

Thu, 2016-05-19 11:49 -- SCC Partner

American infrastructure is in terrible shape, getting D+ grade, according to a new report card. Deferred maintenance is one big problem, but many cities are also taking a too narrow view of what infrastructure is. You can improve, though. Seattle, Chicago, Port Manatee, Florida, and others show you how.

How technology is protecting a major Florida seaport from terrorists

Wed, 2016-05-18 06:50 -- SCC Staff

Cities that have seaports know they're fortunate. Ports are economic powerhouses. But ports — particularly cargo-only ports — are also like electric grids and other critical infrastructure in a way. They're susceptible to physical attacks. Read the story to learn how a Florida seaport is protecting its equipment and operations.

How smart can a city get? Dubai plans to find out

Wed, 2016-05-18 06:50 -- Doug Peeples

The United Arab Emirates wants to be one of the world's smartest countries, and its first move toward that goal is to make Dubai, the country's largest city, as connected as it can be by undertaking more than 100 separate smart city initiatives. While such a large project may not be right for your city, Dubai's transformation plan may give you some ideas for your own.

Smart street lights: a bite-sized entry into the smart city domain

Fri, 2016-05-13 06:00 -- SCC Partner

Street lights are everywhere — and they can be much more than street lights. See how modern smart street lights can not only cut your electric bill dramatically, but can also serve as a platform for sensors, safety services, Wi-Fi hotspots, charging stations and more.

Why smart street lights are part of Kansas City's urban transformation plan

Fri, 2016-05-13 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

Kansas City has taken its next steps toward becoming a sustainable city able to provide a better, more livable city for its citizens. One of those steps is a smart street lighting pilot project because city leaders see it as a win-win — a safer, more convenient environment for their citizens and an effective, efficient tool to help them manage the city.

Smart street light networks: they can do a lot more than you might think

Fri, 2016-05-13 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

Anyone involved in smart cities initiatives is familiar with smart street lights and probably knows they can do far more than illuminate streets at night. But there are a few things smart street lighting networks can do (or will be able to do soon) that may come as a surprise — a welcome surprise for cities that want to expand or improve the services they provide.

Street light success: Asking residents what they want is a bright idea

Fri, 2016-05-13 06:00 -- Kevin Ebi

Energy-efficient LEDs can certainly help cut the cost of lighting your streets, but those savings can rapidly vanish if you don’t install them right the first time. Some cities spend hundreds of thousands of dollars redoing their installations. See what you can do to save yourself the trouble.

How to make renewable energy work for your city (and make money doing it)

Wed, 2016-05-11 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

The small Ohio town of Minster might not seem a likely choice for energy technology innovation, but its solar power plus energy storage system is the largest of its kind for a municipal utility in the U.S. Not only will the storage system bring more energy reliability and new revenue streams to the city, it also will allow it to defer $350,000 in grid upgrade costs. Sound like a good idea?

Why IBM's Watson could become your city's cyber security ally

Wed, 2016-05-11 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

The dangers of cyber attacks are well-known: big banks, hospitals, retail stores, utilities and other service providers have all been hacked — cities too. To help security professionals stay ahead of the hackers IBM is training Watson, its "multi-talented" cognitive computing technology, as a super cyber security detective.

Why your city's water system may need help -- lots of help

Thu, 2016-05-05 11:52 -- Doug Peeples

Many cities throughout the world continue to operate water distribution networks that are 70-100 years old. And while lost revenue from water leaks is staggering, it's not the only problem. Failing systems also can contribute to contaminated, poor quality drinking water. Read on to learn why your city should take a hard look at its water network -- and the available solutions.

3 smart city lessons from Washington and Idaho (who would have thought?)

Thu, 2016-05-05 10:31 -- Jesse Berst

You don’t have to be a big city to be a smart city. A regional utility is modernizing its infrastructure in eastern Washington and Idaho, and in the process, it’s bringing smart technologies to a mostly rural area. See what it’s doing and how you can too, regardless of how big your city is.

Internal fraud cost this city $50 million. How to keep all your tax revenue

Thu, 2016-05-05 09:20 -- Kevin Ebi

Cities spend a lot of time looking for citizens and businesses who are tax cheats, but what if the tax fraud is occurring within your own department? Cities lose millions that way — one lost $50 million. Find out what you can do to protect the tax revenue you collect.

The Illinois plan to leap-frog to the front of the smart city race

Wed, 2016-05-04 06:00 -- Kevin Ebi

Illinois spends more on technology than virtually every other state, but it gets the least from that investment. Now on its way to making up for a 40-plus-year technology deficit, it plans to become the first smart state. And its approach for action could work for your city.

Bechtel and Edmonton: how to make a smart light rail project work

Wed, 2016-05-04 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

The Edmonton Valley Line, a new light rail project in Edmonton, Alberta, is expected to help meet the growing needs of Canada's second fastest-growing city. It's also the first project for Bechtel's new Public-Private Partnership line of business. Read the story to learn more, and pay particular attention to the important role continuing public involvement has played.

Planning your smart city projects? Don't forget who they're for

Wed, 2016-04-27 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

Citizen engagement -- city residents participating in the decisions that affect their lives and future -- is an essential part of smart city planning. But if you're a little fuzzy on its importance, read what the deputy mayor of a mid-sized city said about the benefits of doing it well and the possible consequences of doing it poorly or not at all. We also share some tools to help you get to know your citizens better.

Organizing your smart city: how one Canadian community found its way

Wed, 2016-04-27 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

The Canadian city of St. Albert has numerous smart city services and projects in place and an ambitious goal of becoming a "smart city centre of excellence." But in the beginning there was no plan of action, no roadmap to guide St. Albert's smart city transition. If your city is planning a smart city transformation, St. Albert's experience and how its city leaders chose to proceed may give you some ideas you can use.

Five keys to delivering the city (or state) your citizens want

Wed, 2016-04-27 06:00 -- Kevin Ebi

As Illinois embarks on a journey to become America’s first smart state, it got valuable advice through a Smart States event about how to identify and build people-centered solutions, which is at the heart of governance. Read on for five tips that you can put to work as you craft your own strategies.

Effective data governance helps you reduce costs and be more transparent

Wed, 2016-04-27 06:00 -- SCC Partner

To govern effectively and earn the public’s trust, government has to be transparent. But how do you share everything you can while protecting what you must? Learn how an effective data governance strategy helps you cut your costs while better serving the public.

Disaster brought this community together (use these tips even when things are OK)

Wed, 2016-04-27 06:00 -- Kevin Ebi

Can you imagine building a community master plan in just three months? Constitución, Chile, did it and the results are something truly to behold. While disaster gave it the sense of urgency, its approach and the tactics it used are worth considering to build engagement even if times are good in your city.

Microsoft's new partnership = more solutions for your smart city

Fri, 2016-04-22 06:00 -- SCC Staff

City leaders don't need to reinvent the wheel every time they come up against a problem in their smart city implementations. There are companies they can turn to for help. One of them -- Microsoft -- has a new partner bringing several IT solutions to the initiative it created to help cities become more efficient, more economically competitive and more livable.

Connected cars could be on your city streets sooner than you think

Fri, 2016-04-22 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

The quest for safer, better, more intelligent cars has already attracted car makers, technology companies and others to the connected car market. Now IT and networking company Cisco and car maker Hyundai have teamed to speed up development of next generation connected car technologies.

Floods are killing people. More are coming. Here's how to prepare.

Fri, 2016-04-22 06:00 -- Kevin Ebi

Sudden floods are already causing significant deaths and severe flooding is only forecast to get worse. Yet flood warning systems aren’t getting better. A Rice University professor who built an advanced system explains how it works — and why your city should build one today.

3 things you need to do to attract millennials (your job market depends on it)

Wed, 2016-04-20 07:00 -- Kevin Ebi

A city’s future is largely determined by its job base and the future of your job base may be driven by your ability to attract highly-skilled millennials. AT&T offers some helpful advice for companies, but it turns out they need your help too. Find out how.

Just so you know: IT infrastructure spending expected to jump this year

Wed, 2016-04-20 07:00 -- SCC Staff

The total spending on IT infrastructure products like servers and storage is expected to jump by almost 20% this year to reach $38.2 billion. And a majority of that spending will come from public sector and corporate organizations, says market intelligence firm and Council Associate Partner IDC in a new report.

Feds to connected car makers: Do more about security -- now

Thu, 2016-04-14 12:58 -- Doug Peeples

Many cities are counting on connected cars and their technologies to help them deal with traffic snarls, accidents and other transportation-related issues. And car makers are doing their best to make those connected cars safe and reliable. Their latest challenge? The DOJ wants those cars to be so secure they won't be vulnerable to terrorists, cybercriminals and other bad guys.

Uh oh. Are we forgetting about connecting consumers (citizens) to smart cities?

Thu, 2016-04-14 12:51 -- Doug Peeples

It's a connected Internet of Things world for smart cities now. But most consumers -- your citizens -- don't know much -- if anything about it . They understand the benefits smart devices can bring. Who wants to be without a smart phone (and maybe a smart home) these days? But they're worried about their privacy and who does what with their personal information. Our story shares some good news too.

America's biggest winners and losers (and what you can learn from them)

Wed, 2016-04-13 06:00 -- Kevin Ebi

Cities will hold the vast majority of the world’s population in just a few decades, but your city’s growth is not guaranteed. In fact, some cities are shrinking rapidly. Check out new rankings of America’s fastest growing (and fastest shrinking) cities to see what you can learn from them.

Does your city need better quality water? Here's one (and maybe cheaper) way to do it

Wed, 2016-04-13 06:00 -- SCC Staff

Some cities are blessed with clean, high quality water -- and some aren't so fortunate. If your city falls into the latter category there are approaches you can take to provide clean water for your residents and meet increasingly strict water quality regulations. The Canadian city of Nanaimo has a success story to share about the technology it chose that should ensure clean water for generations.

The connectivity payoff: Las Vegas' new sports and entertainment arena

Wed, 2016-04-13 06:00 -- SCC Staff

Sports and entertainment venues are no easy undertaking. They're expensive to build and operate and cities often pony up millions to help pay for them. So we thought you'd like to take a look at how Schneider Electric took advantage of connected technologies to help make the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas efficient and sustainable (and less expensive to operate).

4 proven steps to save water and money (Atlanta and DC are using them already)

Fri, 2016-04-08 06:45 -- Kevin Ebi

If your city hasn’t faced a water crisis yet, it’s only a matter of time: 70% of the world’s production areas will face shortages by 2050. Here are four steps you can take now to not only save a precious resource — they will also save you money.

How Microsoft and Toyota want to make your cars safer -- and far easier to drive

Fri, 2016-04-08 06:45 -- Doug Peeples

With so much hope focused on how connected cars and self-driving cars will help cities cut traffic congestion and reduce accidents, there's some good news from Toyota and Microsoft. The two companies are working together to develop more and better connected services for drivers -- services that will make driving safer and far more convenient at the same time.

Partner Spotlight: News from Intel, Schneider Electric, Ooredoo, Qualcomm, Siemens, and IBM

Fri, 2016-04-08 06:45 -- SCC Staff

IBM partners on cloud and cognitive computing… Intel's new acquisition… Schneider Electric's cloud-based security management system… Ooredoo's ICT infrastructure deal… Qualcomm's wireless EV charging agreement… Siemens' UK energy savings and clean air projects. Follow the link to learn more.

Shopping for smart street lighting for your city? You've got another great option

Wed, 2016-04-06 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

We've said it before: smart street lighting networks are a practical, cost-effective first step toward a smart city. Now, Huawei has entered the market with its Connected City Lighting Solution. Read the story to learn about the company's new offering -- and why you should be taking smart street lighting networks seriously.

Why Itron's taking smart cities to school

Tue, 2016-04-05 11:57 -- SCC Staff

Wouldn't it be great if the people who live and work in your city had an understanding of how important initiatives like smart water and smart energy are to their quality of life and future? You'll want to know about Itron's program to improve water and energy literacy -- and encourage students to consider careers in smart city technology-related fields.

How connected is YOUR smart city? (Yes. It matters)

Fri, 2016-04-01 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

As more urban areas commit to smart cities upgrades and the technologies they'll need to accomplish those transformations, it becomes increasingly clear success depends on one key element: connectivity. While the thought of planning and developing a connected network for your city may seem daunting, other cities are doing it. You don’t have to go it alone. And the benefits might surprise you.

Your Internet's faster than it used to be -- but maybe not fast enough

Fri, 2016-04-01 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

Smart cities need to be connected cities, as we explain in our story on the importance of connectivity in this special issue. Connectivity and Internet of Things are the buzz for smart cities right now, but maybe we're overlooking something. Is the Internet fast enough for us and what we need to do? Read on for some not so great news about the status of U.S. Internet service -- and some promising developments.

Don't wait for self-driving cars. How Florida and NYC are getting traffic moving today

Fri, 2016-03-25 06:00 -- SCC Partner

Self-driving cars, once they arrive, are likely to improve traffic flow and safety. But why wait? Siemens is helping to bring some of the benefits of connected vehicles to Florida’s roads now. See how and learn about the steps New York is taking today to reduce its congestion.

Partner Spotlight: News from Huawei, Veolia, CH2M, Microsoft, Schneider Electric

Fri, 2016-03-25 06:00 -- SCC Staff

Huawei's Malaysia ICT/smart state project… Veolia provides water treatment services in Oman… CH2M's Toronto rapid transit initiative… Microsoft's Virginia solar partnership… Schneider Electric's smart city technology solutions. Follow the link to learn more.

China is rethinking its smart street lights. So should you

Fri, 2016-03-25 06:00 -- SCC Staff

A major Chinese LED street lighting supplier has partnered with Silver Spring Networks to turn their street lights into platforms for citywide communications, environment sensing, traffic monitoring and more. If you are still thinking that next-generation street lights are only about new LED bulbs, read this story to learn why China's approach could, in many ways, work for your city.

Why self-driving trucks will help solve urban traffic problems (and maybe sooner than you think)

Wed, 2016-03-23 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

Connected self-driving cars are getting a lot of attention from cities looking for ways to increase traffic safety and reduce traffic jams and congestion. After a successful road test in live traffic, Daimler believes its sensor-laden Internet-connected trucks will be part of the solution too. Read the story to learn more.

Emulate India? They just got $100 million from Cisco

Wed, 2016-03-23 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

Cisco, a long-time investor in India, will spend an additional $100 million to support the country's move toward digitization and smart cities. The money will be invested in early-stage tech startups, innovation labs -- and a greatly expanded training and education program to ensure the country has the skilled tech professionals it needs.

EVs and smart buildings: how do we get them to work together?

Fri, 2016-03-18 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

As more drivers choose electric vehicles for city commutes, it raises interesting questions for energy managers working at buildings with parking garages. Among them: how do you get EVs to fit in with how the building operates, particularly its electrical system? Schneider Electric and AT&T are working on a solution that may answer those questions and more.

Winning formula: Smarter stadiums equal more cash for your city

Fri, 2016-03-18 06:00 -- Kevin Ebi

A stadium is one of a city’s bigger investments. Are you getting your money’s worth? Discover how smart stadiums can get more people to the games, can get them to spend more and can help you cut operations costs — all delivering more money to your city’s bottom line.

Making sense of smart buildings (and why they matter)

Fri, 2016-03-18 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

Smart grids. Smart cities. And a market coming into its own: smart buildings. It's fairly easy to see how smart grids and smart cities are intertwined. Progressive utilities and cities share many of the same technologies and goals. Smart buildings do too, as it becomes increasingly apparent the 21st century's commercial buildings need to be more than big energy-guzzling boxes.

Municipal utilities: Get ready for the integration/interoperability phase

Wed, 2016-03-16 06:00 -- SCC Staff

In a smart city, everything is interoperable and integrated — and that includes the smart grid. A new partnership between GE and one of America’s largest electric utilities is delivering just that. Find out why that’s so important — and why this will soon be coming to smaller utilities.

A workforce training strategy that helps economic development and the disadvantaged

Wed, 2016-03-16 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

The technologies smart cities depend on require well-trained professionals capable of maintaining and managing them. It's the same for electric utilities. Read the story to learn how Schneider Electric is ensuring a continuous supply of high-tech talent for the energy industry -- and helping disadvantaged students. You may get some ideas about collaboration strategies your city can use.

Smart street lights are coming to China. (Time for your city to take a look?)

Fri, 2016-03-11 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

GE's new energy company Current will take a lead role in a smart city intelligent lighting project in Tianjin, a major port city in northeast China. It is a key demonstration project in China's ambitious smart city plans -- and it will be about far more than lighting alone. Click to the site to learn more.

A little help for your data woes? (Courtesy of the White House)

Fri, 2016-03-11 06:00 -- Doug Peeples

As important and effective as data analytics and management tools are for smart city planning and development, not every city has the resources to take advantage of it. But a new White House initiative, the Opportunity Project, could go a long way toward solving that problem. Is this something your city could use?