The company offers best practices for the use of the transformative power of technology and data-based decision making to solve the major metropolitan challenges.
Deloitte has recently joined the Smart Cities Council, an industry coalition comprised by the foremost specialists and leading consulting and technology companies whose goal is to accelerate the growth of smart cities. Deloitte brings experience delivering smart city services globally. As a Smart Cities Council Lead Partner, Deloitte will work with the Council's advisors and members to help cities make investments that fuel sustainable economic development and a high quality of life, with a wise management of natural resources.
"Faced with the societal challenges associated with population growth, urban areas are turning to innovative technologies and data-driven decision making to transform into smart cities," said Rana Sen, managing director, Deloitte Consulting LLP and Smart City lead for U.S. public sector practice. "Deloitte is proud to be a leader in this quickly growing sector – and joining the Smart Cities Council is another significant step on our journey to gain and share knowledge to help cities and its citizens prosper in this new digital era."
Deloitte shares the Smart Cities Council's vision of cities that are livable, workable and sustainable. As a world-leading consulting firm, Deloitte has extensive experience delivering smart city services globally – from the U.S. and Mexico, to Latin America, Europe and Asia. Specific to its international projects, Deloitte has worked with cities such as Prague, Barcelona, Valencia and Buenos Aires.
"The Smart Cities Council is working with cities around the world to help them gain the many benefits of smart technologies. But cities are large and diverse and complicated and very different one from the other," said Jesse Berst, chairman, Smart Cities Council. "That's why we are so proud to have Deloitte's broad, global experience on our side. They are experts in helping cities craft an individualized path to a smarter, more sustainable, more resilient future."
The Council recently announced the Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge Grants – a program to help five American cities apply smart technologies to advance innovation, inclusion and investment in their cities. As part of the current White House commitment to accelerate the development of smart cities, the winners will receive a tailored one-day Readiness Workshop, where Smart Cities Council experts, members and advisors will assist in building or enhancing a smart city roadmap – taking into account immediate priorities, long-term goals and current use of technologies.
In addition to participation on the Smart Cities Council, Deloitte's Center for Government Insights developed a website to explore trends and case studies as well as promote Deloitte client experiences and thought leadership related to our Smart City framework – smart mobility, security, economy, living, environment, and education.
About Smart Cities Council
The Smart Cities Council is comprised of the foremost experts and leading global companies in the smart technologies sector, who serve as advisors and resources. Its goal is to accelerate the growth of smart cities worldwide by providing city leaders with access to technology counsel, financial tools, policy frameworks, visibility campaigns and advocacy. For more information, visit www.smartcitiescouncil.com.