Amazon Web Services has announced the launch of its new Smart City Competency, an initiative that “will deliver world-class AWS Partner recommendations to customers searching to build and deploy innovative smart city solutions,” according to a statement. 

It’s intended to connect cities searching for expertise with experienced companies, having been “designed to identify, validate, and promote AWS Partners with demonstrated AWS technical expertise and proven customer success,” according to the program’s website. “The AWS Competency Partner Program has validated that the partners … have demonstrated they can help customers migrate applications and legacy infrastructure to AWS.” 

Partner companies are selected after undergoing review of their technical skills and operations, and through demonstrated customer success via case studies. 

The program is intended to assist communities during a time of unprecedented digital growth, which laces cities at the forefront of economic, social, and global challenges such as energy and water use, traffic management, sanitation, and sustainability.  

The statement highlights that “Cities, as well as state and local government agencies, are increasingly leveraging cloud solutions to improve urban infrastructure, spatial planning, and city governance.” 

The company have said that the nine partner organisations that collaborated with AWS to develop the program have helped cities around the world: identify and respond to 2,000 traffic incidents each month; deliver a 30 percent reduction in travel times in major intersections; and avoid 230,000 pounds of annual carbon dioxide emissions from solid waste management operations.