Smart City Concepts

Smart Cities Council launched to accelerate global shift to smart, sustainable cities


Cities around the world have a new ally in the fight to achieve prosperity and sustainability. More than a dozen top technology firms — including some of the world's largest — have formed the Smart Cities Council to provide cities with tools and best practices. Click to read the press release.

See how Surat efficiently use ITMS and increase bus frequency


Surat, being the centre of opportunities for laborers and investors, has attracted migrants from nearby rural areas and cities. This has increasing the demand for intra-city transportation. In the year 2006, Surat Municipal Corporation’s (SMC) limits were increased from 112.28 sq km to 326.515 sq km.

Europe is demanding a common smart city platform. Should you be doing the same?


What the smart cities initiative really needs is a common platform for technology adoption that can be shared across different cities. At least that's the opinion of several industry leaders in Europe. Read the story to learn what they have in mind and why collaboration is such a big part of what they want to do.

The world's smartest car (and what it says about the future of urban driving)


While many cities are taking advantage of smart traffic management technologies to make streets safer and less congested for both cars and pedestrians, car makers are doing much the same. Of course the difference is they're putting the technology in their cars. The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class from Council Lead Partner Daimler is a good example of how the future of autonomous driving could unfold.

Black & Veatch lends a hand (and talent) to nationwide smart cities initiative


Council Associate Partner Black & Veatch will contribute its engineering and construction expertise to Envision America, a nationwide program devoted to helping cities speed up and successfully deploy their smart cities programs. Read the story to learn more about the company's role in the initiative.

Why Atlanta, Chicago and Dallas are moving from "apps" to "frameworks"


AT&T has just unveiled a comprehensive portfolio of new offerings -- from infrastructure monitoring to transportation -- to help cities provide a safe, clean environment to live in. And some major U.S. cities are already on board. Maybe your city should be, too.

Will this trend migrate to other countries? The UK wants cities to do better with their data


The UK’s Future Cities Catapult is working with a government agency to find new ways to gather and interpret data that will help local governments make the right decisions to ensure their cities are safer, more efficient and better able to grow their economies. Read the story to learn about the project and the challenges to making it happen.

How Jaipur got ahead in the race to create innovation zones


While India’s central government works toward its goal of 100 smart cities, some cities and states are taking matters into their own hands and striking out on their own. Read our story to learn how the city of Jaipur is developing a smart city infrastructure and services – with considerable help from Smart Cities Council partners Cisco, GE and Qualcomm.

What Jerusalem can teach cities about partnering with startup companies


Taking on a startup as a vendor and partner may seem like risky business but Jerusalem’s municipal water utility, Hagihon Company, seems to make a habit of it. The utility is working with several water technology startups as it looks for innovative solutions to aging infrastructure, leaking pipes and other headaches.