Welcome to the Smart Cities Council’s page, which provides case studies, commentaries and resources to help guide communities to better outcomes for their residents. This section is exclusively sponsored by the Smart Cities Council, which publishes the free Smart Cities Readiness Guide to help local leaders craft a smart cities vision, plan of action and method of tracking progress.
The technology employment market isn’t what it used to be. According to participants in a Smart Cities Week panel discussion focused on recruiting, training and retaining a skilled smart cities workforce, the days are gone when a promising but relatively unskilled applicant could land a position and learn what he or she needed to know […]
Ride-hailing services are one example of how urban transportation is changing. Their rapid growth is easy to understand. The people who use them like the convenience of being able to summon a ride on-demand with a smart phone app. There’s also a very real chance they are or will be disruptive for city transportation networks: […]
What makes a smart cities project successful? Innovation and technology leaders from the U.S. and Canada shared their insights at Smart Cities Week in Washington, D.C., and their thoughts fit into three key themes. It’s about people — more than technology Whenever we talk about smart cities, we tend to focus on the technology. But […]
Open data, data that is made public, is valuable for cities internally because it enables different departments to share information conveniently and quickly among themselves. And it also can be a valuable resource for the community. New York City takes it a step further, adding to its open data platform annually and encouraging citizens to […]
Governments, private businesses and cities are all latching on to the open data trend as the benefits (and value) of shared data become increasingly clear. Open data programs and policies can do a lot to help cities become more efficient, more responsive to citizens’ needs and more transparent in their operations. Three experts in the […]
As electric scooters began to proliferate on downtown streets and sidewalks roughly a year ago, cities had different reactions to the phenomenon. Some cities banned electric scooters until the providers obtained permits and other cities restricted their numbers until they could figure out how to regulate the tiny two-wheelers. The city of Detroit and its […]