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.
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An interview featuring Barcelona’s chief technology officer and Council Chairman Jesse Berst highlights the need for cities to ensure citizens’ privacy and security. The story explains how cities can meet that commitment.
EY has joined the Smart City Council as a Global Lead Partner. The company is committed to providing its expertise to cities to help them become citizen-centric and resilient.
Global infrastructure and engineering firm Gannett Fleming has joined the Smart Cities Council as a Lead Partner. The company plans to educate cities on how smart technology can help them reach their sustainability goals.
In this article excerpt, Huffington Post contributor and Philadelphia resident James Calder describes why his city well deserves to have been awarded one of five Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge grants.
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.
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.
The state of Illinois has taken up the ambitious goal of becoming the first smart state in the country. Read the story to learn about the strategies and priorities discussed during a Smart State Roadmap Workshop delivered by the Smart Cities Council
The State of Illinois’ Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) recently hosted the Smart State Roadmap Workshop, a two-day workshop to pursue becoming the first ‘Smart State’ in the nation. The workshop, delivered by the Smart Cities Council, had more than 50 participants, including the deputy governor, state agency heads, city officials, businesses, universities, national labs and non-profits.
For municipalities planning smart city projects, there are several approaches they can take. But if they follow the expert recommendations explained in the story and include four key entry points in their plan strategy, the likelihood of a successful project outcome will be enhanced.
Consultant and urban planner Lisa Nisenson, a panel moderator during Smart Cities Week, offers a status report and look ahead based on what she heard during numerous discussions centering on laying the groundwork for smart cities, interoperability, smart streetlights and more.
While cities focus on technologies that will make their cities smarter, they may not be thinking enough about how to make them more resilient during a disaster. During a Smart Cities Week panel discussion, experts from the Department of Homeland Security, NIST and other organizations shared their thoughts on why cities need to think about resiliency, too.
In this blog contributed to The Hill, Council Chairman Jesse Berst and Senior Director of Public Advocacy for Council Advisor CompTIA David Logsdon explain the benefits and opportunities smart city initiatives can provide and the smart technologies, investments and services that make them possible.
The White House announced it would invest $80 million in a Smart Cities Initiative focused on improving transportation, public safety, climate and services for cities. The initiative will support research and public-private partnerships. Council Chairman Jesse Berst is quoted in the article.
Smart Cities Council Managing Director Philip Bane, Council Lead Partner Qualcomm's Senior Director of Government Affairs Steve Crout and others shared their views on the roles of smart technology and connectivity in making cities more livable and sustainable. They also addressed how technology can help create jobs and help cities maintain robust economies.
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.
Smart Cities Council executives Philip Bane and Pratap Padode set the platform for collaboration between local government and technology providers with the launch of the Smart Cities Council India’s Readiness Guide to help urban planners understand the framework of a smart city and take steps to improve infrastructure.
Smart Cities Council Chairman Jesse Berst offered commentary in an article on an Onvia report discussing the rise in government, state, local and education contracting opportunities in the fourth quarter of 2015. The report hinted that 2016 could be a modest growth year.
The new interactive Smart Cities Council Readiness Guide makes it easier for cities to explore economic, environmental and social sustainability options by providing expert advice and real-world examples of smart cities transformations.
A presidential advisory panel recommends that the federal government should get more involved with smart city developments. Smart Cities Council Founder and Chairman Jesse Berst says cities should work on small projects if they can’t adopt large-scale programs and should focus on their most urgent priorities. Click for more.
The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) partnered with the Smart Cities Council to conduct a first-ever national research study to gain further insight into the practices, policies, programs and partnerships that communities in the United States undertake under the umbrella of smart city initiatives. Read the story for details.
The Smart Cities Council partnered with Illinois CIO Hardik Bhatt to jump start the state's use of connected technologies, taking a page from "smart cities" playbook. Click to read more.
Smart Cities Council Founder and Chairman Jesse Berst weighs in on the definition of a smart city in this article focused on Kansas City’s smart transportation and street lighting transformations.
A MoU has been signed between TM Forum, the Smart Cities Council, Shanghai Academy and the World e-Governments Organization of Cities and Local Governments (WeGO) to promote the adoption of the TM Forum Smart City Maturity & Benchmark Model to over 300 cities worldwide. Click here to read more.
The representatives of the Smart Cities industry along with Founder & Director of the Smart Cities Council India met Dr. Nitin Kareer, Principal Secretary, Urban Development Department for the Government of Maharashtra.
Writing for IoT Evolution World, Ken Briodagh highlights AT&T's announcement that it is continuing its leadership in the smart cities space by joining the Smart Cities Council and working with the Dallas Innovation Alliance. Click to read an excerpt from the IoT Evolution article.
Wayne Rash included remarks from Walker Kimball of Bechtel in his eWeek coverage of the Council's Smart Cities Week event in Washington, D.C. in September of 2015. Click to read a brief excerpt from the eWeek story and to get a link to the full report.
Read what CivSource writer Bailey McCann said about the Urbanomics Mobility Project previewed by Cubic Transportation Systems and MasterCard during Smart Cities Week, which took place in Washington, D.C. in September, 2015.
Cities Today writer Tom Teodorczuk reports on Smart Cities Week, highlighting some of the speakers, exhibitors and comments about the event from attendees. Click for a brief excerpt and a link to the full Cities Today article.
GreenBiz senior writer Heather Clancy provides details on the smart cities initiative announced by the White House during the Council's Smart Cities Week conference and exhibition in Washington, D.C. in September, 2015. Click for an excerpt and link to the full article.
In a session at Smart Cities Week held September, 2015 in Washington, D.C., Santa Clara, California Chief Information Officer Gaurav Garg explained how his city applied IT strategies to manage the massive crowds that came with an NFL team's move to the city's stadium. Click for an excerpt and a link to Alex Koma's full article in StateScoop.
In its Urban Challenges section, ViewPoints BCN highlights a conversation with Smart Cities Council Chairman Jesse Berst, who explains what smart cities are, discusses Barcelona's smart cities initiatives and talks about the work the Council is doing Click for a brief excerpt and link to the full story.
Clevest Solutions Inc., a leading provider of mobile workforce automation software, has announced that it has joined the Smart Cities Council as an Associate Partner. The Smart Cities Council is a coalition of industry thought leaders, innovators and practitioners dedicated to improving the livability, workability and sustainability of the world’s cities.
Smart Cities Council Founder and Chairman Jesse Berst and Chief Scientist Stuart Cowan were in Beijing in July 2015 as the Chinese government hosted its first Smart City International Expo. Watch a news report about the event, including an agreement reached between the Council and the China Center for Urban Development.
The Tribune Cote d'Azur featured the Smart Cities Council's recent Smart Cities Now event held with Alstom Grid in Nice, France. Click for a link to the article, which is in French.
Writing for Electricity Today, Council Chairman Jesse Berst discusses the move to smart cities and how utilities can profit from forthcoming changes and technologies. Click for an excerpt and a link to the full article.
A Digital Trends article on San Jose and smart city technologies features an interview with Council Founder and Chairman Jesse Berst. Click for excerpts and a link to the full article.
WFAE 90.7 -- Charlotte's NPR affiliate -- interviewed members of the Smart Cities Council during its Smart Cities Now forum in Charlotte, NC, in March, 2015.
Itron CEO Philip Mezey and Council Chairman Jesse Berst were quoted in The Charlotte Observer's coverage of the Smart Cities Now forum held in Charlotte March 23-24. Click for details and a link to the complete article.
In its coverage of the Council's Smart Cities Now forum held at Qualcomm headquarters in San Diego, the U -T San Diego highlighted the challenges that cities will face as populations increase and why smart solutions matter.
The Smart Cities Now forum held at Qualcomm headquarters in San Diego in December 2014 was the subject of an extensive news piece by Chad Vanderveen writing for FutureStructure.
Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer were among featured speakers quoted in the Times of San Diego report on the Council's Smart Cities Now forum in San Diego.
The Smart Cities Council was well represented at the 2014 Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona. Click for a photo gallery from the event.
Key findings from the survey of city leaders in North America conducted by Cisco and the Smart Cities Council were featured on the Product Design & Development website. Click for an excerpt and link to the complete story.
The survey of North American city leaders conducted by Cisco and the Smart Cities Council was highlighted on the TopTechNews website. Click for an excerpt and a link to the full story.
In a guest post on the MasterCard blog, Council Chairman Jesse Berst provides real-world examples of how cities that have digitized their payments systems are reducing costs at the same time they’re offering citizens more benefits, more convenience and more inclusion.
Council Cities Director Sandra Baer was interviewed in conjunction with the NIST global cities workshop, a gathering of leaders from government, private industry, nonprofits and academia focused on ways cities can leverage the Internet of Things. Click for an excerpt and link to the full article.
How social media analytics can help city leaders use their resources more effectively is the focus of an article by Jesse Berst that appears in the Innovation Insights section of Wired. It highlights some of the work in this area being done by Council Lead Partner IBM and Associate Partner BehaviorMatrix. Click for an excerpt and link to the full article.
The July/August 2014 issue of Electric Perspectives features an article by Council Chairman Jesse Berst on the need for cities to have a utility partner in their quest to be smart and sustainable. Click for a brief excerpt and links to the full article.
The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) featured the Smart Cities Financial Guide in the July 2014 issue of its PM Magazine. Click for an excerpt and link to the full story.
Electric Light & Power -- an influential publication that targets utility industry professionals -- featured a story by Council Editorial Director Liz Enbysk that focused on why its important for utilities to get in front of the smart cities trend as another opportunity to deepen and improve their customer relationships.
Water Technology magazine features an article by Council Chairman Jesse Berst on the infrastructure challenges that cities face today. Click for an excerpt and link to the full article.
Council Chairman Jesse Berst discusses trends and challenges in water infrastructure and how smart water systems can make dramatic improvements to the cost, safety and reliability of urban water supplies in this Q&A with Water Utility Infrastructure Management.
In the first of a series on smart cities, GreenBiz.com cites the Council's definition of smart cities and the framework outlined in the Smart Cities Readiness Guide. Click for an excerpt.
Council staff and Partners are making the case for smart cities at gatherings around the world. Click for a photo gallery of recent events.
Water Technology talked with Smart Cities Council Chairman Jesse Berst about how the Council works, how the Council's Smart Cities Readiness Guide was developed and the types of water technologies that go into making a smart city. Click for a link to the podcast.
In an article appearing on the Mass Transit magazine website, Council Chairman Jesse Berst explains how five cities are deploying advanced analytics and smart technologies and in doing so are demonstrating how to make mass transit more appealing and roadways less congested.
In an article on standardization and regulation in the growing smart cities movement, the Mobile World Capital Barcelona site quoted Council Chairman Jesse Berst and highlighted the Smart Cities Readiness Guide. Click for an excerpt.
Council Chairman Jesse Berst and Laura Ipsen of Microsoft were featured in a Cities Today recap of the Smart City Expo World Congress held in November, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. Click for an excerpt.
Council Chairman Jesse Berst told Bisnow Seattle that yes, Seattle is pretty smart... but it could be a lot smarter. Click for an excerpt from the article.
PaymentsSource, a publication that focuses on news and analysis about credit card, debit card, mobile payments and other technology and trends in the payments industry, interviewed Council Chairman Jesse Berst about how payments will fit into the larger digital ecosystem of smart cities. Click for highlights.
Meeting of the Minds hosted a March 12, 2014 smart cities webinar featuring Smart Cities Council Chairman Jesse Berst, Russ Vanos, a senior vice president with Council Global Partner Itron, and Jason Zogg of DTE Energy. Click for a recap.
Writing on the EDF Energy Exchange blog, Kate Zerrenner reviews the energy and water chapters of the Smart Cities Readiness Guide.
Cities Today interviews Jesse Berst, Smart Cities Council Chairman, and James Denton-Brown, civil infrastructure planning manager at Bechtel, on the Smart Cities Readiness Guide.
GCN interviews Smart Cities Council Chairman Jesse Berst on how cities large and small can benefit from cloud computing.
Two publications highlight Bechtel's role as a Council Lead Partner and the company's participation in the development of the Smart Cities Readiness Guide. Click for excerpts from Project magazine and ConstruTech.