Smart Cities Initiative: IEEE announces call for municipality applications

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Applications under the first round of the IEEE’s Smart Cities Initiative closes on 14 August 2015

In the US, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has announced that it is accepting applications from municipalities worldwide involved in the process of planning smart cities. Two cities will be eligible to receive funding under the IEEE’s Smart Cities initiative.

Through its Smart Cities Initiative, the IEEE assists municipalities in managing the transition to urbanisation and works with government to employ the most advanced technologies to create smarter economies, smarter living environments and smarter governance.

Two cities will be selected from submissions received by 14th August to receive funding and support from IEEE experts to host a workshop in their city before the end of 2015.

Owing to the global move toward the development of smart cities, Gilles Betis, chair of the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative said: “As cities worldwide are affected by changes in population, climate, congestion and more, challenges continue to rise.

“The workshops hosted by IEEE Core Smart Cities focus on these ever-changing factors and the investments needed to fuel sustainable economic development for citizens’ energy, water, transportation, communications and public health and safety.”

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IEEE Smart Cities has already provided investment to three selected IEEE Core Smart Cities – Guadalajara, Mexico; Trento, Italy; Wuxi, China, which are municipalities that have successfully demonstrated plans to invest human and financial capital into their smart city project.

According to a statement, the IEEE notes that the two municipalities selected need to demonstrate a comprehensive plan and funds for their smart city evolution effort to join the municipalities in Mexico, Italy and China.

The association added that successful submissions will provide clear, compelling evidence that the applicant municipality is well-positioned to utilise the resources offered through the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative.

Municipalities need to show that its smart city development plans have the potential to address a city’s key issues (energy, water, transportation) and confirm plans to invest human and financial capital into the project.

Those not selected in this round will be eligible to become IEEE Affiliated Smart Cities. IEEE Affiliated Cities receive several benefits and raise discussion on the ‘smartification’ topics that are core to a city’s ‘smartification’ plan.

The IEEE announced that a side meeting will be organised during the first International Smart Cities Conference, ISC2 in Guadalajara, taking place 25th–28th October 2015 in a bid to help the two selected IEEE Core Smart Cities prepare their kick-off workshops.