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Washington, DC and Leading US Cities Partner on Guidelines for Smart Cities

Monday, September 26, 2016
Washington, DC and twenty U.S. cities, led by the City of New York, commit to common principles for the responsible and equitable deployment of the Internet of Things.

(New York, NY) –The White House today announced a new partnership between Washington, DC and twenty U.S. cities, along with the newly formed Council of Global City Chief Information Officers, to ensure the responsible and equitable deployment of smart city technologies.

“Cities working together and working smarter to solve our common challenges just make sense,” said Archana Vemulapalli, Washington, DC Chief Technology Officer. “I am very excited about this recent momentum and look forward to all of us achieving great things for our residents.”

By 2020, it is estimated that the number of “smart” connected technologies, commonly known as the Internet of Things or IoT, will exceed 50 billion. When used effectively, IoT devices—like sensors that capture pollution in the air or lights that only turn on when someone is in the room—can produce cost savings, bolster civic engagement, and strengthen public health and safety. As cities move forward into the future, municipal leaders must also be cognizant of—and actively mitigate—the challenges and risks raised by these technologies, most notably in areas of public privacy and security.

In order to maximize the public benefit of these technologies while taking strong and proactive steps to protect residents, the following 21 U.S. cities—spanning a dozen states and together representing more than 25 million residents—have committed to a common set of guiding principles that emphasize privacy, security, sustainability, resilience, equity and efficiency in their use of IoT technologies.

  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Austin, Texas
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Greenville, South Carolina
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • Los Angeles, California
  • New York, New York
  • Palo Alto, California
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Portland, Oregon
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • San Diego, California
  • San Francisco, California
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Spokane, Washington
  • Washington, District of Columbia

Led by the City of New York, the effort has three primary goals: (1) provide a common framework to help governments develop and expand policies and procedures related to the Internet of Things; (2) ensure openness and transparency regarding the use of public space or assets for smart city technologies; and (3) advance the public dialogue about how government, the private sector and academia can collaborate to ensure these technologies are used in a way that maximizes public benefit.

"The key to the long-term success of smart cities is sharing," said Jesse Berst, Chairman of the Smart Cities Council. "Sharing knowledge, sharing infrastructure, sharing data, sharing costs. And sharing the resulting benefits equitably, to create ladders of opportunity for those less fortunate. We are so pleased to see New York and its partner cities leading the way to this better future."

About the IoT Guidelines:

The guiding principles for smart cities are based on a first-of-its-kind set of IoT guidelines developed by the New York City Mayor’s Office of Technology and Innovation. In partnership with International Data Corporation, more than 450 best practices from 50+ cities around the world were gathered and consolidated into a preliminary set of guidelines. These guidelines were reviewed by subject matter experts from universities, regulatory and standards bodies, public interest groups, private companies, and city governments around the world before being condensed into the final set of guidelines.  For more information, visit

About the Council of Global City CIOs:

The Council of Global City CIOs (CGCC) brings together technology executives from major cities across the globe to share data and harness technology to transform cities. The CGCC is focused on building a common framework to develop a Smart Cities model, bring broadband connectivity to everyone, and accelerate the digitization of government through open source code-sharing. The CGCC is co-led by San Francisco CIO Miguel A. Gamiño, Jr. and Washington, DC CTO Archana Vemulapalli, along with founding cities New York City, The Hague, Boston, Seattle, Chicago, Atlanta, Austin, and Dubai.