More than 35 cities spanning 11 countries, along with the Council of Global City Chief Information Officers, have launched a new initiative focused on ensuring responsible and equitable deployment of smart city technologies.

The effort, led by the City of New York, 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.

Download the 9/26/16 press release here (.pdf)
Download a sign-on form for cities (.doc)

Guiding Principles


When we use new smart technologies on city streets and in public spaces, we are committed to being open and transparent about the “who, what, where, when, and why” for any data or information being collected and used.


To capitalize on the value and benefits derived from public assets, we will deploy, use, maintain and dispose of IoT devices, networks and infrastructure in an efficient, responsible, and secure manner.


We will ensure that IoT and real-time data is captured, stored, verified, and made accessible in ways that maximize public benefit.


We will design and operate IoT systems to protect the public, ensure the integrity of services, and maximize resilience.


We are committed to streamlining operational processes and ensuring financial, operational, and environmental sustainability to ensure that our city keeps running better and faster.

Partner Cities

The following cities have committed to a common set of guiding principles that emphasize privacy, security, sustainability, resilience, equity and efficiency in their use of these technologies:

Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.

Austin, Texas, U.S.A.

Birmingham, England, United Kingdom

Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Bradford MDC, England, United Kingdom

Bristol, England, United Kingdom

Canberra, Australia

Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.A.

Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.

Dublin, Ireland

Florence, Italy

Greenville, South Carolina, U.S.A.

Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.A.

Leeds, England, United Kingdom

Limerick, Ireland

Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Milton Keynes, England, United Kingdom

New York, New York, U.S.A.

Osaka, Japan

Palo Alto, California, U.S.A.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.

San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

San Diego, California, U.S.A.

San Francisco, California, U.S.A.

Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

Spokane, Washington, U.S.A.

Stockholm, Sweden

Tel Aviv, Israel

Valencia, Spain

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Washington, District of Columbia, U.S.A.

Wellington, New Zealand


Interested in becoming a partner? Contact us if you would like to adopt these principles in your city and connect with other municipal leaders focused on smart city deployments.

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