City Data to Get Evaluated Using Siemens Smart City Performance Tool

In February, Orlando was one of five cities (out of 130 that applied) to win the Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge Grant program from the Smart Cities Council. The winning cities are to receive a tailored Readiness Workshop during 2017 to develop a roadmap for applying smart technologies to further innovation, inclusion and investment within their cities

Orlando is getting its workshop from Siemens at no cost to the City. Approval of this workshop is part of City Council's Consent Agenda for the April 10th council meeting. 

Siemens will be responsible for the following tasks: 
  1. evaluate City data using its Smart City Performance Tool
  2. provide an analysis of opportunities for economic development. 
  3. facilitate one technology workshop with the City and three one-hour training sessions focused on data collection, emissions modeling and scenario development
  4. deliver a White Paper on or before December 31, 2017
In the agreement the City is signing, it states that the White Paper shall be accompanied at all times by the following disclaimer whenever it is accessed or distributed (or any extract thereof):
“Whilst every effort has been taken to verify the accuracy of the data used for the analysis, neither Siemens, its Affiliates nor [City] can accept any responsibility or liability for reliance by any person on this analysis.”
The agreement also says the The City "shall grant to Siemens and hereby grants to Siemens the unrestricted, perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free, sublicensable, and transferable right to use the City Data provided in CyPT in its original or in any modified form and in any known as well as yet unknown way."

Launched in 2012, the Smart Cities Council is the author of the internationally recognized Smart Cities Readiness Guide, which provides guiding principles and best practices for an integrated, cross-cutting smart city. The Council is comprised of more than 120 partners and advisors who generate $2.7 trillion in annual revenue and who have worked on more than 10,000 smart city projects past and present.

From the Smart Cities Council website
"Orlando and Orange County will receive help to develop a comprehensive smart city plan that fully integrates multiple city departments and regional stakeholders. As a global tourist destination, Orlando hopes to showcase a range of smart transportation solutions that can enhance the visitor experience while improving safety and reducing congestion. The city is also working to integrate sensors and advanced communications systems into its public safety programs. “The City of Orlando is excited about this opportunity to work together with the Smart Cities Council and our Central Florida community to build out a unique program that will further improve the lives of our residents and visitors,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “Through access to international industry experts, new data and communication technologies, the challenge will continue to ensure Orlando is a more intelligent, interconnected and efficient city.""
The other winning cities were Austin, Indianapolis, Miami and Philadelphia. 

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