Finance and procurement

Paying for smart city initiatives? Microsoft exec suggests three smart ideas

Fri, 2014-05-30 23:00 -- Jesse Berst

Joel Cherkis, GM of Microsoft's Worldwide Government team, says there are a lot of ways cities can address the challenges of urbanization. But what he hears from city leaders is there aren't a lot of options to pay for them. He suggests a few worth considering.

Member spotlight 4.25.14: S&C resiliency tool, MasterCard on cash to digital, Camgian IoT system, Zipcar and RideScout, ASU hosts muni finance event, MTA tries battery storage

Fri, 2014-04-25 23:00 -- SCC Staff

Short takes from Council members: S&C debuts submersible switchgear for power system resiliency… MasterCard exec talks government role in digital-to-cash conversion…Camgian and Vanderbilt develop IoT system for facility management…Zipcar and RideScout partner… ASU Center hosts municipal finance conference… New York's MTA tests vanadium energy storage system.

Smart financing: How National Grid encourages energy efficiency upgrades

Fri, 2014-04-18 23:00 -- Jesse Berst

When cities and/or utilities encourage residents to adopt new technologies – say energy efficiency upgrades – there may be resistance for any number of reasons. In this excerpt from the Smart Cities Financing Guide, read how National Grid uses on-bill financing to get the job done.

When is it smart for a city to go smart? (Hint: The answer is arithmetic)

Thu, 2013-10-31 00:00 -- Brian Cotton

So many people chronicle the benefits of smart cities in vague generalities and ignore the cost question entirely. But as Brian Cotton of Frost & Sullivan points out in today's guest column, the smart thing to do is to calculate the numbers on both sides of the equation. Click for more on using math to decide whether, when and where to launch your smart city journey.