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Smart Cities Readiness Guide


The Smart Cities Readiness Guide is  the first comprehensive, vendor-neutral smart city handbook for city leaders and planners. The Guide, released by the Smart Cities Council, enables city leaders to assess their current state of technology and its readiness to become a smart city.

The Guide is being unveiled at a smart cities workshop and press announcement with the renowned ESADE Business School’ s Institute of Public Governance and Management. An early version of The Readiness Guide was introduced and “beta-tested” in summer 2013. In addition to input from over 100 experts, the first draft was evaluated by progressive U.S. cities including Baltimore, Dallas, Green Bay, Hartford and Orlando.

It is a collection of guidelines, best practices and more than 50 case studies, intended to help mayors, city managers, city planners and their staff make confident, educated choices about technologies that can transform a city.

The Readiness Guide includes a chapter with ‘˜universal’ principles ‘“ enablers common to all responsibilities ‘“, eight chapters that detail city responsibilities related to the built environment, energy, telecommunications,  transportation, water and wastewater, health and human services, public safety, and payments, and two final chapters that cover how to translate the Guide’ s theories into a roadmap. The Roadmap suggested includes six steps:

  1. Find a champion
  2. Assemble a team
  3. Borrow from the larger vision
  4. Establish metrics
  5. Prioritize your targets
  6. Use experts to produce specific plans

The Smart Cities Readiness Guide is available here.