By 2025, it is expected that around 58% of the world’s population or 4.6 billion people will live in urban areas. In developed regions and cities, the urban population in cities could account for up to 81% of the total population.
This is going to create serious challenges for city planners, who are already re-designing their cities in a smarter way so as to provide basic city services to residents in a more sustainable manner.
According to Frost & Sullivan, the smart city trend is growing fast. In fact, it has been estimated that the global smart city market value will reach US$1.565 trillion in 2020. Over 26 major cities across the globe are expected to be smart cities in 2025, with more than 50% of these in Europe and US.
Smart cities guide on the web
In response to a need for support in smart city development, The Smart Cities Council put together a Smart Cities Readiness Guide. For easier access, the guide is now available in a web-based format.
The Readiness Guide is a framework for government leaders to create a vision and action plan to enhance the livability, workability and sustainability of their cities. It is currently in use by thousands of cities around the world to shape their future initiatives.
Designed for mayors, city managers, urban planners and staff, the Smart Cities Readiness Guide provides objective, vendor-neutral information to help them make confident, educated choices about the technologies they can use to transform their city. Areas covered include the built environment, energy, telecommunications, transportation, water and wastewater, waste management, health and human services, public safety and smart payments and finance.
The Guide also includes 200+ case studies helping cities address challenges such as rapid urbanization, aging infrastructure, climate change and strong economic competition.
Russ Vanos, vice president of sales and marketing for global software, services and smart cities at Itron, which has contributed its expertise to the Guide, says the Smart Cities Council is playing an important role in enabling smarter cities. He adds, “The Smart City Council has done a tremendous job bringing together the world’s leading smart city practitioners to ensure the Readiness Guide best serves cities as they consider their smart city visions.”
Itron contributed to the creation of the chapters on energy, water, built environment and universal targets. The guide also features stories of cities that Itron has helped to realize their smart cities visions, including Envision Charlotte, Glendale and Tianjin Eco-City.
Guide enables smart city progress
Smart Cities Council Chairman Jesse Berst, points out that cities around the world are already using the Readiness Guide to make tremendous progress in achieving economic, environmental and social sustainability, and we are pleased to make it easier for cities to navigate," said Specifically, the Smart Cities Readiness Guide helps guide cities through project selection, building business cases, reaching consensus, deployment and implementation, and measuring results.
"The Readiness Guide is an invaluable resource for our team," said Grant Ervin, Chief Resilience Officer of Pittsburgh. "It provides a common vocabulary plus lessons learned from actual smart city installations around the world."
An Indian readiness guide, which is also available online, has been produced by Global Alliance member Smart Cities Council India, with a focus on the national context.