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:
- Affordable housing
- Outreach to under-served populations
- Long-term vision
- Electric busses
- Sea Level Rise Pilot Program
- Geographic Information System
- Smart transportation solutions
- Sensors and communications for public safety
- 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
- Open data (data sharing and connectivity)
- Public safety
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.