K2 Geospatial, an Associate Partner of the Smart Cities Council, is providing guidance to cities to become smarter through contributions to the Smart Cities Readiness Guide. The Readiness Guide is the world’s leading framework for government leaders to enhance the livability, workability and sustainability of their cities. It is currently in use by thousands of cities around the world to help shape their future initiatives, from Hartford to Dubai to Mauritius to Yinchuan.
Designed for mayors, city managers, urban planners and their staff, the Guide provides objective, vendor-neutral information to help cities make confident, educated choices about the technologies they can use to transform their city. The new version enables users to have easier access to the 200+ case studies helping cities address the challenges of rapid urbanization, aging infrastructure, climate change and strong economic competition.
“The new online version enables easier access to the information they will find most valuable,” said Smart Cities Council Chairman Jesse Berst. “Cities around the world are already utilizing the Readiness Guide to make tremendous progress in achieving economic, environmental and social sustainability, and we are pleased to make this valuable resource even easier for cities to use.”
Everyday K2 Geospatial’s spatially smart solutions are used to improve smart cities by connecting and consolidating their multiple systems, technologies and data sources. This real time visual access to a complete map-based information overview, empowers users to improve decisions regarding essential city operations and citizen services. ‘’Today’s cities are faced with difficult technological decisions that impact citizen lives on so many levels. As an organization who thrives in empowering its users to make better decisions, we are proud to be part of the Smart Cities Council and strongly believe that the Smart Cities Readiness Guide is an essential tool for decision makers who are shaping the urban landscape of today and preparing for what tomorrow has to bring.’’ mentioned K2 Geospatial President and CEO Jacques Charron.
The Guide was originally launched in 2013 as a downloadable PDF and quickly became the framework for Smart Cities Readiness Workshops, a program which provides hands-on guidance to cities to create their individual roadmap.