From managing rising seas to developing strategies to help those who aren’t typically helped by big city projects, the first five Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge winners have made progress over the past year. Here’s what they’re up to.
Readiness Cities - Orlando
"We want to become the world’s most intelligent, interconnected and efficient city. We want to become a showcase city for smart city technology."
— Mayor Buddy Dyer
Orlando is spending $15 billion on infrastructure, including rebuilding Interstate 4, which cuts through downtown, and expanding its airport and seaport. It wants to be smart about those projects so that it can get the most from its investments.
It has also established a Smart Cities Steering Committee following its Readiness Workshop to develop strategies to turn workshop suggestions into action plans. Its key priorities include:
- Use of smart grid technologies to support the city’s long-term, 100% renewable energy goals
- Application of energy models to identify most cost-effective building retrofit opportunities
- Intersection monitoring and predictive analytics to enhance pedestrian and bike safety
- Enhanced use of open data and data sharing across city departments
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.
The importance of smart, connected infrastructure in building a more sustainable future was underscored during a full-day Readiness Workshop in Orlando, one of five U.S. cities that won 2017 Smart Cities Council Challenge Grants.