Cities can, reportedly, cut the time it takes to reach stakeholder agreement by up to one third
Smart Cities Council (SCC) and Tr3Dent are collaborating to introduce a smart cities ‘project activator’, a combination of the Smart Cities Council’s adopted readiness programme (RP) as well as a customised version of Tr3Dent’s transformation accelerator platform.
The effort, which was announced at the Enterprise Ireland IoT Smart Cities Forum, is designed to help cities bring their smart cities projects to “life more quickly” by accelerating the benefits to their communities with innovative financing.
The aim of smart cities project activator is to allow cities, solution providers and investors to collaborate in a shared project-modelling environment. Dashboards will allow all stakeholders to quickly see the status of projects and provide consistent views for quick assessment and review.
The partners claim cities can cut the time it takes to reach stakeholder agreement by up to one third (30 per cent) while more efficiently and accurately scoping their projects to attract the right solution providers and secure innovative financing.
The intention is for the smart cities project activator to become part of the Smart Cities Council’s readiness programme later this year. The programme seeks to help cities overcome the hurdle of documenting their requirements and prioritising their needs.
According to SCC its readiness programme has been “widely adopted” by cities worldwide and includes a collection of city resources, the opportunity to participate in challenges, local readiness workshops, a defined readiness roadmap, project scoping processes, assistance with financing and access to skilled readiness ambassadors.
Nearly one third of US cities with populations of 100,000 or more have, reportedly, participated in the Smart Cities Council readiness challenges. In the past three years, the council claims to have conducted more than 60 readiness workshops in metro areas that reached a total of more than 200 million residents.
“We are very excited to be announcing this strategic collaboration today and trust that by combining our proven readiness programme with the intuitive, secure and collaborative platform created by Tr3Dent we will see greater momentum in cities [which] currently struggle to agree, prioritise, scope and finance their smart city initiatives,” said Philip Bane, managing director of the Smart Cities Council.
“Our plan is to assist cities accelerate project scoping and secure financing more effectively and quicker.”
Tr3Dent’s transformation accelerator will be customised to provide a single platform to contain all the content associated with the Smart City Council’s readiness programme. It will provide access to all stakeholders and facilitate collaboration by providing a consistent guided approach that leverages industry standards, documented best practices and pre-defined templates for each step in the process.
“Cities and their project stakeholders such as other ecosystem partners, investors and solution providers, will all be able to take advantage of tools like business model canvases, ecosystem diagrams, partner models and unique project dashboards designed specifically to align with the Smart Cities Council’s readiness programme,” added Kevin McCaffrey, founder and CEO, Tr3Dent.
“Furthermore, all participants will access Smart Cities Council and other industry standards and best practices thus creating a common vision and vocabulary for everyone on the project team.”
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