Swisscom is planning to publish a study in collaboration with the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) aimed at helping public authorities join the digital world. The study, entitled “Smart City: Essentials for City Leaders”, summarises the experiences of 25 cities, companies and start-ups that have all been leading the way in this field, says the press release.
The methodology presented contains specific tools that cities can employ to make themselves smarter and more innovative. As a digital leader in Switzerland, Swisscom showcases its involvement and expertise in the realm of the Internet of Things and Smart Data.
This is where the study “Smart City: Essentials for City Leaders” aims to help by providing a useful analytical tool, the “Smart City Piano”, that allows users to evaluate different projects based on three pillars. First of all, this method can be used to assess a project’s potential. Second, it permits optimum management of a project’s framework conditions, particularly in terms of political regulation. Finally, the “Smart City Piano” offers practical keys for managing the execution of a project under optimum conditions.
The advantages and benefits of smart city projects are well established. There is still a lack of established processes for implementation and evaluation, however, so public authorities sometimes find themselves at a loss given the absence of structure and simplicity.
Michael Wade is professor of innovation and strategy and director of the global center for digital business transformation at IMD. He is convinced of the tool’s usefulness and further points out that “combining the research undertaken by IMD on the impact of digitisation and the study of success factors in a number of smart city projects has allowed us and Swisscom to produce a customized tool for resolving the problems faced by cities”. The study also explores the main motivations that cities have for implementing smart city projects.
The study’s results will be put into practice by specialist consulting teams at Swisscom. Blaise Vonlanthen, head of consulting at Swisscom, has identified several lessons to learn from the study: “The Smart City Piano is an evaluation tool that will allow us to provide dedicated and structured support to cities on their way to digitisation. We will thus be able to help them concentrate on their most important projects and increase their chances of success.”