TM Forum, the global industry association for digital business, today announced at TM Forum Live! 2016 a series of milestones related to the momentum of its Smart City Forum which officially launched in January 2016.
Smart City Maturity and Benchmark Model launch
The Smart City Maturity and Benchmark Model captures the key aspects of a city’s transformation journey to become a smarter city. The model allows a city to quickly assess its strengths and weaknesses in five key dimension areas related to city ‘smartness’ and to set clear goals as to how it will transform over the next two to five years. The model also enables the city to benchmark itself against similar cities and identify other cities with whom it can partner to tackle similar challenges.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between TM Forum, the Smart Cities Council, Shanghai Academy and the World e-Governments Organization of Cities and Local Governments (WeGO) to promote the adoption of the TM Forum Smart City Maturity & Benchmark Model to over 300 cities worldwide.
“We are forging a broad international alliance to help shape the future of cities around the world,” said Peter Sany, president and CEO, TM Forum. “Our role is to connect the right people to collaborate and co-create truly innovative solutions that benefit not only our members, but cities and society as a whole.”
TM Forum’s new Smart City model has become an important tool for cities wishing to take a holistic view of their smart city initiatives. “Cities cannot meet their climate and economic development goals without the help of smart technologies. But to put those technologies to work, they need to know where they are now and where they should end up. TM Forum’s maturity model is a powerful tool for cities everywhere, especially since it takes advantage of the Forum’s global knowledge base and its deep technology expertise,” comments Jesse Berst, chairman of Smart Cities Council.
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