As it continues to recover from Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico is partnering with the Smart Cities Council to rebuild its infrastructure in a way that includes advanced technologies.
The council, which provides resources for cities to develop emerging technologies, announced the partnership with the U.S. territory on Monday as part of its Readiness Challenge. The grant program offers workshops, digital tools and contributed resources from the IT industry for smart city growth.
The council announced Puerto Rico as an early winner to aid the island in its plans to rebuild in a way that not only replaces what was lost, but opens it up to improvement from the Internet of Things, renewable energy, connected vehicles and other technologies.
The grant is meant to enhance the recovery work that is already underway with a single program for sustainable development. The grant entitles Puerto Rico to a year of expert mentoring and free products and services from council partners.
The council said that there will be a workshop in the City of San Juan in March to begin the process of designing the city's smart city roadmap. Outside of Puerto Rico, similar grants will be offered to five additional localities that will be announced sometime in early March.