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Success factors for smart city development

Global design and technology firm will present leading-edge solutions for cities at global transportation conference in Montreal

The city of Montreal is hosting the global transportation conference, ITS World Congress
The city of Montreal is hosting the global transportation conference, ITS World Congress

A new whitepaper ranking the top factors necessary for designing and implementing smart city strategies has been published by technology-driven design firm, IBI Group.


Top 10 Smart City Success Factors, released ahead of the 2017 ITS World Congress hosted in Montreal, draws on the firm’s experience designing smart cities and delivering intelligent transportation systems internationally.


It aims to shed light on the key elements required for cities to develop and implement a successful strategy.


“Smart Cities are already a reality. Government and private sector initiatives worldwide are exploring innovative ways to make cities in the 21st century more efficient, more livable, and more competitive. said Bruno Peters, smart cities task force lead, IBI Group, and author of the whitepaper.


“We believe that achieving these goals is not just about being technologically advanced – it’s also about urban renewal and citizen engagement.”


Peters will be sharing his ideas during the upcoming international conference (29 October – 2 November) by participating in a number of speaking engagements, including in a panel discussion centered around Canada’s smart cities challenge (30 October).


The challenge initiative, announced in the summer of 2017, will offer five cities a chance to compete and secure funding up to $70m.


The discussion will explore best practices for developing smart city strategies and cover topics including transforming neighbourhoods, infrastructure, public service, and the economy.


Scott Stewart, CEO will also be delivering a keynote presentation at the conference on 31 October, titled ‘Smart Cities, Emergent Technologies’.


IBI Group is a globally integrated architecture, planning, engineering, and technology firm with more than 2,500 employees around the world.


The group, a lead partner of the Smart Cities Council North America, believes that cities must be designed with intelligent systems, sustainable buildings, efficient infrastructure, and a human touch.


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