Over the next 15 years, nearly $60 trillion will be needed to finance global infrastructure projects. Current funding sources appear to fall well short. See how a new initiative backed in part by Cisco will help cities find new sources.
Examples and case studies
Mayor Kevin Faulconer says his city has been on a lot of top 10 lists recently and it's not just because of its beaches and bays. Learn about "the big idea" San Diego officials call their civic infrastructure awakening.
The city of Adelaide can now boast that it runs the largest free WiFi network in Australia, with help from Cisco. But that claim only touches the surface of what’s happening in the capital city of South Australia, where “livability” has become the mantra of public officials. Learn why.
Chicago has been a trailblazer in using the Internet of Everything to tackle a wide assortment of municipal issues. Click to read how the city's connected strategy is paying off in reducing crime, traffic congestion and even pests.
Click to read about the transformation of two very different cities; a call for pairing smart policies with smart technologies; why more compact cities could help slow global warming; smarter approaches to food insecurity, and IT challenges in our schools.
The New Economy touts 20 smart cities it says best represent the world of tomorrow. Find out why Accra in Ghana, Zagreb in Croatia and 18 others are described as prime examples of how communities can boost their fortunes and their general quality of life.
The city of Suzhou in China's Jiangsu Province won the 2014 Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize, which honors outstanding contributions towards creating livable and sustainable urban communities around the world. See what made Suzhou a winner – and the two "special mention" cities.
The streets of San Francisco are "littered" with recycling bins, helping earn the city the highest recycling rate in the U.S. It's one example of cities mobilizing for the sake of the environment. Read how ambitious sustainability initiatives are helping in Portland, Austin and Salt Lake City too.
In some parts of the Dominican Republic, the electric grid is so unreliable that power is often lost for four to eight hours at a time. Read how a pilot involving a leading-edge battery backup system from GE chalked up some staggering cost savings for a telecomm provider (and kept the power on).
Using data from trash containers that know how much is thrown away, smart street lights that report out when they need maintenance and parking places that know when they are empty is opening up "enormous possibilities" for better public sector management, according to the mayor of Irun, Spain. See why he says that.