Press Release

The Connected City Advisory Board (CCAB), a committee developed by the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), has published an update to its Connected City Blueprint. The latest version of the report focuses on the different issues and challenges that cities are overcoming in order to make their cities smart. It explores how different technologies can help cities develop their Connected City Plans to tackle urban challenges, whilst highlighting the need for engagement with and collaboration between the different stakeholders, including the Citizens, City Authorities, Private Sector Companies, Innovators and Entrepreneurs and Academia, in order to achieve success.

The CCAB Connected City Blueprint 2017 has been put together with the help of over 40 cities, as well as industry experts, and is a guideline for cities and government authorities looking for support in the approach and development of their Connected City Plans. It includes valuable lessons to be learned from the most successful early adopters, and is a source for the broader wireless industry to better understand the challenges and opportunities the Connected City and Smart City ecosystem offers.

The inclusion of new use cases will help all partners to make more informed decisions when planning their approach to Connected City project and programs. The highlighted cities leading the way in their commitment to using smart technology capabilities, acting as a benchmark for future deployments include Milton Keynes, Porto, Riyadh and Sydney.

“The global population shift toward urban city living is no small issue faced by cities. By preparing for this now, and working together to anticipate the infrastructure and technology issues that are to come, the WBA has seen the smart technology capabilities of cities around the world progress rapidly,” said Shrikant Shenwai, CEO of the WBA. “These Connected City trials are resulting in significant changes, enabling new ways of addressing the way we manage our technology and resources.”

With this improved understanding the report highlights several key trends:
• More integrated approaches to city issues have seen a breakdown in some of the siloed municipal approaches to energy, housing, transport and health
• More cohesive strategies and management of big data and the Internet of Things (IoT) are supporting the appearance of city platforms
• The expansion of partner ecosystems is driving collaboration between Government, Industry, Academia and Citizens to enable the delivery of the Connected City vision
• The gap between connected city programs and city priorities is closing

“The continuous rise of data represents a huge opportunity for Cities,” continued Shenwai. “Those willing to step up and harness that opportunity safely and securely have the potential to make enormous advancements in the fields of healthcare, energy, mobility, education and sustainability. We would encourage other Cities to join the CCAB to work together to learn and benefit from the different technologies available today, but moreover embrace the emerging engagement and business models.”

The report also highlights various vertical implementation models designed to build understanding relating to raising the funds and managing state assets for Connected City Public Private Partnerships models.

The CCAB and the WBA will continue the development of this Connected City Blueprint, both in terms of releasing additional content in 2018 as well as making it available to the industry in different formats including an eBook. The CCAB invites different stakeholders to get involved in this industry-wide initiative: please contact for further information.