IEEE, the world's largest professional organization dedicated to
advancing technology for humanity, today announced the municipalities of
Wuxi, China and Trento, Italy, which were among hundreds of candidates
that submitted applications to participate in the IEEE Smart Cities
Initiative, have been selected by the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative
Steering Committee to join Guadalajara, Mexico, the initial city
"We had a difficult challenge as so many of the applications we received
from municipalities to participate in the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative
were incredibly impressive," said Gilles Betis, chair of the IEEE Smart
Cities Initiative. "We selected the cities of Trento and Wuxi because
they provided compelling evidence that they were particularly well
positioned to utilize the resources offered through the IEEE Smart
Cities Initiative, and they demonstrated plans to invest their own human
and financial capital into the project, indicating their commitment to
improving the quality of life for their citizens."
City planners from Wuxi and Trento will collaborate with a team of IEEE
experts to explore the issues and address what is needed for their
growing urban populations. In addition, their participation in the IEEE
Smart Cities Initiative will comprise an inaugural workshop, whitepaper
development, graduate student support (PhD and Masters), development of
content for "MOOCs" (Massive Open Online Courses), and organization of
an international conference on smart cities.
"Being selected to paricipate in the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative is an
honor and collaborating with such an impressive community of experts
will be of great benefit to Trento, which has always been attentive to
its citizens' needs," said Mrs. Chiara Morandini, general manager,
Trento Municipality. "This collaboration will nicely augment our
existing political and operational strategy for the 'quality of life'
concept, intended to stimulate economic growth, improve social welfare,
ensure sustainable urban services and provide access to advanced
technological innovations to create a pleasant city-lifestyle and well
The largest issue Wuxi is attempting to solve is enabling sustainable
growth for its city. Being able to tap into the brain power of IEEE
experts in that process will help Wuxi achieve its aggressive
urbanization goals to reduce pollution levels and traffic congestion,
provide adequate energy, housing and employment, and generally ensure
its city residents enjoy and thrive in their living environment.
"We are so pleased to be chosen by IEEE to engage in the Smart Cities
Initiative," said Dr. Hang-Feng Qi, director, Department of Electronics
and Information Industry, Committee of Economy and Information of Wuxi.
"Engaging in the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative will give us a very good
opportunity to exchange information with other municipalities that are
interested in the construction of a smart city. Wuxi will be very glad
to share our experiences with the world."
"The addition of Trento and Wuxi to the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative is
a step further towards our goal of establishing a group of diverse
cities around the world to serve as examples for many other
municipalities that have similar evolution objectives, sharing the
experiences and know-how achieved through their collaboration with the
IEEE," added Betis.
For more information on the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative visit http://smartcities.ieee.org.
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and educational activities, IEEE is the trusted voice on a wide variety
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