EY, a global leader working in fields like assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services, has recently announced that it has joined the Smart Cities Council (SCC). With the aim of helping cities harness innovation in order to stay ahead for both their citizens and businesses.
SCC is the world’s largest smart cities network and works on bringing together a range of private sector organisations dedicated to improving the life of cities. The Smart Cities Council helps cities prepare and plan their transformation, through a combination of advocacy and action.
“The SCC works with cities around the world to help them take advantage of new technologies. Cities are growing in size and number, which puts increasing pressure on infrastructure and services. At the same time, the rise of digital and mobile are generating more data, different demands and different ways of interacting with cities. With EY’s global and cross-sector experience, we gain a powerful and insightful partner to help facilitate the development of future cities that truly benefit their citizens”, said Jesse Berst, Chairman of Smart Cities Council.
SCC will be supported by EY to create a better connection between communities, to improve citizen services, to power economic development and to manage resources more efficiently. All this through the use of a highly integrated approach that harnesses technology.
“Technology is crucial for connecting disparate urban systems, but technology alone cannot solve the social, environmental and logistical issues that growing cities face. The future is in the hands of those governments, businesses, and entrepreneurs who will work together to create citizen-centric, resilient cities”, said George Atalla, EY Global Government & Public Sector Leader.
The collaboration between these two organisations is guided by the desire to support the cities of today in becoming the cities of tomorrow.
We here at Cities Digest are looking forward to seeing what solutions and innovations will arise from this collaboration.