smart city

Mapping a path to the smart city

The Smart Cities Council’s Readiness Guide makes it easier for mayors, city managers, urban planners and city staff to leverage a smart city framework to improve local livability, workability and sustainability.

The new online version of the Smart Cities Readiness Guide provides more than 200 case studies on how cities tackled rapid urbanization, aging infrastructure and climate change challenges. It also offers vendor-neutral information about smart city technologies to help cities make educated purchasing decisions.

The guide is organized by city responsibility -- energy management, telecommunications, transportation, water and waste management, health and human services, public safety and smart finances.

The Smart Cities Framework then discusses these responsibilities in the context of technology enablers, such as instrumentation and control, connectivity, interoperability, security and privacy, data management, computing resources and analytics. Cities can see the relationship between using these capabilities to improve city functions and explore related case studies.

The guide also includes insight on how to manage everyday tasks like project selections, building business cases, reaching consensuses, deployment and implementation processes and measuring results

The online version now enables city planners to click on these resources and build a plan that focuses on the appropriate functions, features and best practices that will yield results with minimum cost and risk.

Access the Smart Cities Readiness Guide here.

About the Author

Amanda Ziadeh is a former reporter/producer for GCN.

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