IBM likes to share tidbits of wisdom from their sphere in order to sell more of their services, now that they don't sell computers or software much. . . I'm not the vanguard of the establishment elite, but I often find these interesting. Start here and check out the links.
As cities wield increasing economic, political and technological power, they are gaining greater control over the quality of services they provide to their people and businesses. Instrumented and interconnected core systems are providing new levels of intelligence that allow for synergistic interaction and operation. (From http://www-935.events.ibm.com/services/us/gbs/bus/html/smarter-cities.html?open&cm_mmc=5561-_-n-_-vrm_newsletter-_-10303_120389&cmibm_em=dm:0:15563678)
A vision of smarter cities: How cities can lead the way into a prosperous and sustainable future, .pdf at ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/common/ssi/pm/xb/n/gbe03227usen/GBE03227USEN.PDF
How Smart is your city? Helping cities measure progress .pdf at ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/common/ssi/pm/xb/n/gbe03248usen/GBE03248USEN.PDF