Austin, Texas; Indianapolis; Miami; Orlando, Florida; and Philadelphia are the five winners of the Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge Grant program. More than 130 cities were involved in the application process.NATE Adds Technology Membership Category
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The winning cities will receive a tailored readiness workshop during 2017 to develop road maps for applying smart technologies to further innovation, inclusion and investment within their cities.
The winning cities will also receive supporting products and services from Smart Cities Council member companies and advisors including Ameresco, AT&T, CH2M, CompTIA, Dow Building and Construction, IDC, Qualcomm, Sensus, Telit, TM Forum and Transdev.
Orlando and Orange County will receive help to develop a comprehensive smart city plan that fully integrates multiple city departments and regional stakeholders. Orlando hopes to showcase a range of smart transportation solutions that can enhance the visitor experience. The city is also working to integrate sensors and advanced communications systems into its public-safety programs.
Austin will use its workshop to develop strategies to invite under-served populations to participate in designing solutions for their mobility needs as well as affordable housing and economic development. Indianapolis and Marion County, Indiana, will strengthen emerging initiatives in smart utilities and transportation. Miami will demonstrate the value of smart technologies to enhance urban resilience. Philadelphia will get help facilitating collaboration and building a regional smart cities ecosystem.
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