Previewing the City of Tomorrow

The flying cars, long-lived humans and their and robotic helpers will live in communities that are being planned today.

Among those planners, smart technologies experts from leading companies worldwide now advise and participate in the Smart Cities Council. The council exists to grow smart cities worldwide. It advises on technology, provides policy frameworks and financial tools, and advocates for sustainable communities.

Offering a challenge

Over 130 cities responded to a readiness challenge from the Smart Cities Council. From those, five were awarded consultation on applying smart technologies, achieving innovation, and strategically investing in future urban life. The winners and some of their key initiatives were:

Austin, Texas
  • Affordable housing
  • Outreach to under-served populations
Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Long-term vision
  • Electric busses
Miami, Florida
  • Sea Level Rise Pilot Program
  • Geographic Information System
Orlando, Florida
  • Smart transportation solutions
  • Sensors and communications for public safety
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Meet common challenges of civic, business, and educational institutions
  • Plan a regional infrastructure

All 130 participants in the challenge received Smart Cities Council feedback and guidance.

Orlando looks to the future

As a winning city, Orlando held a Readiness Workshop on June 6th, 2017.

City leaders, staff and key stakeholders met with industry experts from the Smart Cities Council for a full day. Participants learned techniques and technologies for better infrastructure investments. Among the possibilities they explored were interconnected systems capable of gathering real-time intelligence.

Later in the workshop, participants focused on specific topics within working groups:

  • Affordable housing
  • the Built environment (public buildings, spaces, and parks)
  • Digital inclusion
  • Energy
  • Open data (data sharing and connectivity)
  • Public safety
  • Transportation
  • Water

The working groups shared key concepts to form a smart cities roadmap. That roadmap begins with short-term wins, continues with medium-term projects, then encompasses longer-term goals. The complete roadmap will be further assessed by Orlando’s smart cities leadership team. It will become a resource in planning the city of tomorrow.

Mital Hall

Mital Hall

Program Manager at ecoPreserve
At ecoPreserve, Mital manages all new construction, existing building, and sustainability projects for several clients, including the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. She has more than 15 years of experience in sustainable and Smart Cities development, including work with universities; federal, state and local governments; and businesses. Her skill set includes strategic planning, sustainable process improvement, reporting, third-party green building certifications, ISO compliance, and energy efficiency program administration.
Mital Hall


Helping organizations improve operations, reduce costs and achieve sustainability through data driven, efficiency focused, planning, reporting & certification.
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