Cities across the globe have followed multiple tracks in their quest to become "smart." It isn’t a question of right or wrong. However, two key themes are emerging in their approach -- either start with a pilot project that produces quick results, or undertake a comprehensive master plan that strategically lays out the coming years and decades.
Policy and leadership
The municipal governments of three villages in the German state of Baden-Württemberg -- Beuren, Bühlertal, and Steinenbronn -- needed to better support their volunteer firefighters and communities with more efficient administration. To address these challenges, the three governments turned to Microsoft CityNext partner CODE3.
This documentary profiles 10 megaprojects currently under development around the world, including the Dubai World Central Airport, Songdo International Business District in South Korea, Nicaragua's Grand Canal and the Delhi-Mumbai industrial corridor.
This Guide provides detailed, expert analysis of 28 municipal finance tools for city leaders investing in the future. Many of the tools represent alternatives to the traditional funding mechanisms municipalities have used for decades.
Ready to start down the open data path but not sure where to begin? The Smart Cities Open Data Guide is a collection of lessons learned and best practices from cities that blazed the open data trail. It offers resources and expert guidance for city leaders and staff to get started on their own open data initiatives.