City Protocol Society—A new catalyst forging smarter cities
Many cities around the world are in the midst of transformation. More and more citizens are moving from rural areas into urban settings, and urbanization is expected to only grow in the future. Along with this shift can come big changes in how a city delivers services to its citizens, not to mention balancing this within budgetary restraints and having to do more with less. To help cities learn from one another throughout this process and build a more sustainable future, in November of 2012 the City Protocol Society launched as a resource for organizations at the Smart City World Congress in Barcelona.
The idea for the Society started in July of 2012, when more than 200 participants – representing 33 cities, 20 major businesses, 14 universities and 20 other organizations – convened in Barcelona to discuss and infuse life into the idea. Formed as a trusted community of cities, companies, academia, and other organizations, the society aims to use the knowledge and experience of cities worldwide to accelerate sustainable transformation by offering curated guidance and collaborative action. The group hopes to be fully operational by April 2013.
Cities no longer have to navigate their transformation journeys alone
Cities by nature are complex. They are built upon intricate systems, yet these systems share roots globally. Most of the critical infrastructures and institutions of society come together in metropolitan areas, including transportation, energy, healthcare, commerce, and more. Just about every area of human endeavor is somehow part of the mix of cities.
With our ever-expanding ability to gather information about the real-time behaviors of these city systems, there are new opportunities to analyze this data, and to form and share actionable insights. In essence, that is one of the major value propositions that the City Protocol Society will offer. Say, for example, that your city wants to embark upon a big data project to make sense of transportations trends.
By learning about other cities’ implementations, what’s worked well, and how they did it, you can minimize the risk to your organization and ultimately, develop a more effective solution. By leveraging others’ collective knowledge and experience, we can build a more sustainable and successful future for cities, and ensure a smoother transition along the way. If you’d like to learn more about the City Protocol Society and its work around the world, I invite you to visit its website.
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