Smart Cities Activator is an online platform that helps cities plan and deploy smart projects. It provides a way to find and contact colleagues at other cities who are working on smart city projects themselves. And a way to access their expertise via knowledge resources and project templates.
Privacy has the potential to derail smart city progress and to put a city at legal risk. The solution to this danger is to implement “privacy-by-design” – that is, to consider data privacy issues at the design phase of any and every project, before it is deployed. Here are three guidelines from one of Australia’s top privacy experts. As you will read, these principles can transform privacy from a roadblock to an opportunity.
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.
Please read these Terms of Service (or Terms, as further described in Section 1.4) carefully as they contain important information about your legal rights, remedies and obligations. By accessing or using Smart Cities Council's Services, you agree to comply with and be bound by these Terms, as applicable to you.
The Smart Cities Council brings together a worldwide audience that is dedicated to helping cities become more livable, workable and sustainable. The integrity of our platform — from digital resources to in-person events — is something we take very seriously and we are committed to operating it in a safe, secure, legal and respectful way. To foster a productive, inclusive platform, we have created these Community Guidelines that describe the terms of participation.
Don’t let your city get slowed down by rapid population growth. These tips (and tools for using them) will help you optimize your transportation infrastructure so that your city can thrive while worsening road congestion holds others back.
The electric power industry has been piloting microgrids for more than a decade, and now the pieces are coming together. Learn about the University of Illinois's new microgrid (and how you can get your own).
The Council will launch its 2018 Readiness Challenge Grant competition in October. What can your city learn from the 2017 winners? Click for helpful insights they revealed at Smart Cities Week Silicon Valley.
Communities struggle to prevent more death and devastation from drug addiction. Governments put more money into the battle. And new tech strategies emerge. Get the latest insights from Deloitte, SAS, IBM and others.
Remember payphones and folding maps? Without a strong digital infrastructure, you city could soon have a lot in common with them. Learn how communications networks unlock the future.
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.
By population growth, Austin is one of the most successful cities in the U.S. By economic segregation, though, it ranks at the bottom. Learn how our first Readiness Challenge Grant winner plans to change that.
Palo Alto, California isn't a big city. But it sure acts like one. With numerous smart city projects completed or underway, the Silicon Valley community seems well on its way to becoming the role model it wants to be.
Urban populations are growing and that growth presents cities with several challenges. Among them: what to do with all that additional trash. Read our story to learn about some innovative approaches to solving the problem.
The argument is often made that reducing food waste can help curb malnourishment, mitigate climate change and save natural resources. A new report suggests reducing food waste can also help cities save money. Find out how.
In a day where we can’t afford to waste a single drop of water, a new partnership involving three Council partners is helping this Georgia county reduce its already low water waste. Learn how.
Middle school and high school students are collaborating with NASA research and development teams to build a global smart city platform. And they're performing extremely well. Read on to learn more.
A pioneering healthcare organization serving Seattle's Asian community used a grant from the city's Technology Matching Fund to open its SmartLab. The goal: to improve seniors' tech literacy and fight social isolation.
Requests for emergency food assistance are on the rise – and hungry people are being turned away. Shouldn't our communities be doing more? From London to Philly, we've got examples of some that are.
Smart cities are cities that work together. Learn how Philadelphia’s city departments are working as one to the benefit of the community.
Energy efficiency is one of the main reasons that cities look into smart street lights, but they can also pay tremendous dividends toward improving public safety as well. Take a look at a few of the safety projects where street lights played a role.
More sustainable and effective crop production can reduce hunger and poverty and make communities stronger. Read about some fascinating new tech-based efforts to optimize agriculture, from India to Western Australia.
An online data visualization tool currently being piloted in four U.S. cities offers a city-level understanding of risk factors and health conditions to help leaders target priorities. Read what Waco, Texas City Manager Dale Fisseler says he's already learned from the tool.
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).
Using case management software from Eccovia Solutions and Microsoft advanced analytics technology, homeless service providers can gain insights that enable more timely and targeted support for their at-risk clients. Read why this pilot is being called a game changer.
Self-driving cars may not be on your radar yet, but they certainly are for an increasing number of major technology and car companies. Read our story to learn about new—possibly surprising—developments in the industry.
It's a dire prediction: IDC says 75% of cities worldwide will have smart city projects this year that don’t live up to expectations. Here are 4 tips to help ensure you’ll be among the 25% that thrive.
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.
It’s not any one piece of technology that makes a city smart. What matters is how it all works together. Learn about the tool that lets you accomplish that—and why you should start with your smart meters.
Two Dutch cities now have some fairly exclusive bragging rights. Between them they are said to have the largest zero-emission fully electric bus fleet in Europe. Click for details about the system and how technical issues were resolved.
With violent crime climbing faster in Sacramento than in most major cities, the city is trying a number of approaches to bring it down. What’s notable is that they’re feeding into one center. Learn why this is a model for any smart cities project.
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.
A smart city isn't just technology. It's also made up of smart people. Your job market depends on it. Here are four great ideas for nurturing your next generation of workers so that you have the labor force businesses covet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Applications are now open for the Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge Grants. Get an inside tip on how to impress the judges and learn how everyone who enters comes out ahead.
Thank you for completing the request for a full application. We will evaluate your form over the next few days and either request additional information or provide you with an email with full instructions on accessing the full application on-line.
Answers to frequently-asked questions about the Smart Cities Council Challenge Grants.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says it’s time for a transportation revolution. The U.S. hasn’t had one in a half-century. And for the first time in our history, we have the opportunity to make our new system inclusive from the start. Learn more.
In any transformation, the first step is often the most difficult one. At Smart Cities Week, technology leaders from all levels of government offered great advice for getting started and making your initiatives successful. Read on for their top four tips.
Connected cars are coming — and fast. Read about new IDC research that shows how quickly they are coming and why the future of smart transportation requires collaboration between cities and automakers.
The most successful cities are growing even more successful — and it may be at your expense. Learn the key criteria and steps to building a virtuous circle to ensure the health and prosperity of your city.
We envision a world where digital technology and intelligent design have been harnessed to create smart, sustainable cities with high-quality living and high-quality jobs.
Smart Cities Council offers a plethora of services for business and cities. Here is a list of the important services you can use to become a Smart City.
Engaged citizens are critical to the success of smart cities initiatives. We wrap up our series on engagement with reasons to get started today, successful projects worth emulating and tools that will help.
From improving traffic flow to managing water from flash floods, Seattle is using technology to make a difference. Chief Technology Officer Michael Mattmiller will share what Seattle has learned at Smart Cities Week. Get a preview here.
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.
Technology alone doesn’t make a city smart. Cities also need engaged citizens. Learn from three engagement attempts that missed the mark and review the three qualities that will help make your projects a success.
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.
About 13,000 acres of open space will soon bring new economic and social opportunities to Detroit in a project funded through dozens of sources, many previously untapped. Learn about the collaboration and analysis bringing the project to life.
You don’t always need to find a new funding source to pay for a major initiative. Learn about two approaches that governments are using to bring in millions in taxes and fees they are already supposed to be collecting.
If you’re considering body cameras to earn the public’s trust in your police department, there are five things you should think about first. Review this checklist from IDC to give your program the best chance for success.
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.
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.
There's not often a lot of good news on the homeless front, but here's a figure to celebrate: Since 2010, the number of homeless vets in the U.S. has dropped 47% -- and 17% of that came in the past year. Find out what's working -- and get tools and benchmarks to help house homeless vets in your city.
Data not only has huge potential to transform you city, it may also help unlock trillions in economic value. A new TM Forum report explores what your city's data is worth and how you can get the most from it.