It will bring best practices for using technology and data-driven decision making to solve major metropolitan challenges
Deloitte is joining the Smart Cities Council in the US as a lead partner. It will work with the industry coalition’s advisors and members to help cities make investments that fuel sustainable economic development and a high quality of life, “with a wise management of natural resources”.
"Faced with the societal challenges associated with population growth, urban areas are turning to innovative technologies and data-driven decision making to transform into smart cities," said Rana Sen, managing director, Deloitte Consulting LLP and Smart City lead for US public sector practice.
He added: "Deloitte is proud to be a leader in this quickly growing sector – and joining the Smart Cities Council is another significant step on our journey to gain and share knowledge to help cities and its citizens prosper in this new digital era."
Deloitte brings experience of delivering smart city services around the globe and shares the Smart Cities Council’s vision of cities that are “livable, workable and sustainable”. It has worked with cities such as Prague, Barcelona, Valencia and Buenos Aires.
"The Smart Cities Council is working with cities around the world to help them gain the many benefits of smart technologies. But cities are large and diverse and complicated and very different one from the other," said Jesse Berst, chairman, Smart Cities Council. "That’s why we are so proud to have Deloitte’s broad, global experience on our side.
"They are experts in helping cities craft an individualised path to a smarter, more sustainable, more resilient future."
The Council recently announced the Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge Grants, a programme that aims to help five American cities apply smart technologies to advance innovation, inclusion and investment in their cities.
As part of the current White House commitment to accelerate the development of smart cities, the winners will receive a tailored one-day Readiness Workshop, where Smart Cities Council experts, members and advisors will assist in building or enhancing a smart city roadmap, taking into account immediate priorities, long-term goals and current use of technologies.
In addition to participation on the Smart Cities Council, Deloitte’s Centre for Government Insights has developed a website to explore trends and case studies as well as promote Deloitte client experiences and thought leadership related to its Smart City framework, which covers smart mobility, security, economy, living, environment, and education.
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