Smart Cities

Better by Design

A smart city is an urban area designed to use different types of electronic data collection sensors to supply information which is used to manage assets and resources efficiently. This includes data collected from citizens, devices, and assets that are processed and analyzed to monitor and manage traffic and transportation systems, power plants, water supply networks, waste management, law enforcement, information systems, schools, libraries, hospitals, and other community services. Smart city technology allows city officials to interact directly with both community and city infrastructure and to monitor what is happening in the city and how the city is evolving.

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The Road To The Autonomous Age Will Be Paved By Smart Cities

ForbesJan 24, 2018
The age of the autonomous vehicle will usher in sweeping changes to transportation, energy consumption, passenger safety and business efficiency. But before autonomous cars can transform modern life, cities will have to transform themselves. Smart cities will be the linchpins of the autonomous age …

Are these are the best-run cities in the world?

They’re innovative, smart and forward-looking. They attract people, businesses and investment. These are just some of the reasons that London, New York, Paris, Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul are the seven best-run cities in the world, according to The Universe of City Indices 2017.The league table, compiled by JLL, a global real estate services firm, has remained more or less the same since its launch in 2013. But there are changes on the horizon.

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Mayor asks Londoners to inform capital’s smart city ambitions

Digital By Default News
Londoners will have the opportunity to inform how smart technology could shape the future of life in the capital by giving their views and ideas to the … Associate at Farrells and member of the Smart London Board, Ekaterina Lichtenstein, said: “As an urban designer my job is to design the cities of tomorrow.

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Could smart cities make life a bit easier?

The Spinoff
Mark Thomas says smart cities – those which embrace technology in planning – can reap big environmental and financial rewards. … a senior cabinet minister responsible for a broad programme including new tools to analyse wind flow, sunlight and rain to better design new housing developments.

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5 City Initiatives that Make Smart Living Possible

The Next Silicon Valley
The stats about smart living are exciting, telling us that 477 million smart home devices will be shipped on a global level in 2020. The growing trend toward interconnectedness has a genuine impact not only on how we live but also on how we work. We share almost as much, occasionally even more at work …

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Ford and Autonomic are building a smart city cloud platform

TechCrunchJan 9, 2018
Ford and Silicon Valley-based Autonomic will work together to build a new open platform upon which cities can build out infrastructure communications, including connected traffic lights and parking spots, called the “Transportation Mobility Cloud.” Ford CEO Jim Hackett announced the news on Monday at …

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New Saudi Arabia mega-city project ‘will be as transformative to …

The Next Silicon ValleyOct 29, 2017
Is it possible to create a completely new high-tech mega-city on a totally green field site that incorporates all that technology offers today, and create a test-bed for developing the technologies of tomorrow? This is what the Crown Prince of Saudia Arabia believes it can do, with a new smart city and entire …

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Chengdu formulates new economic development targets for 2022

The Next Silicon ValleyNov 20, 2017
Chengdu, capital of China’s Sichuan province, has set its strategic targets for economic development, aiming to have an output from its ‘new economy’ exceeding RMB 500 billion (approximately US$75 billion) by 2022. The city aims to use new technology as driving force for its economy, with an emphasis …

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Paris wins €1m prize as most innovative European city in 2017

The Next Silicon ValleyNov 13, 2017
The European Commission has awarded the 2017 European Capital of Innovation (iCapital) prize of €1,000,000 to Paris. The award, granted under the EU’s research and innovation program Horizon 2020, recognizes Paris for its inclusive innovation strategy. Tel Aviv and Tallinn were selected as …

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Data driven cities: 20 stories of innovation

The Next Silicon ValleyNov 13, 2017
With two-thirds of the world’s population expected to live in cities by 2050, the question of how to make cities work better for their inhabitants has never been more urgent. If harnessed, the data that permeate cities can answer this question in myriad ways, and serve to inspire solutions for navigating the …

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Top 10 emerging trends for daily life in future cities in 20 years

The Next Silicon ValleyNov 13, 2017
A recent survey commissioned by Vodafone asked a group of futurologists to identify what technological developments they think would transform home and working life as part of future cities in 20 years. The key points they highlighted were: 3D printed components for housing construction, with 4D printed …

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Index ranks best performing cities in China

The Next Silicon ValleyOct 23, 2017
A new index ranking the best performing cities in China puts Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province in Western China, at the top. Shenzhen and Shanghai are ranked fourth and sixth respectively. “The Best Performing Cities China Index provides new evidence of the economic dynamism and strong …

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Dublin boosts smart city initiative with IoT network and innovation fund

The Next Silicon ValleyOct 28, 2017
A mobile operator and city council have partnered to implement a low power wide area network technology as part of a smart city initiative, and also announced an innovation fund for startups to develop solutions for key city challenges. Vodafone Ireland, in partnership with Dublin City Council (DCC), has …

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Smart lighting in streets forms foundation for quick deployment of …

The Next Silicon ValleyOct 23, 2017
Earlier this year at a conference in Yinchuan, China, the City of San Diego illustrated how it used street lights and smart lighting as the backbone of its current and future smart cities efforts. The local government worked with GE Current and AT&T to pilot and deploy solutions to evaluate what works and what …

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Boston tops index of US cities most likely to benefit from smart city …

The Next Silicon ValleyOct 6, 2017
A new list reveals which US cities are most ready to benefit from smart city technologies. The Smart City Benefits index claims to be the first comprehensive study designed to examine the relative potential benefits of smart city technology in America’s major metropolitan areas. Boston tops the list, followed …

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Singapore announces tech transfer, talent and smart capital …

The Next Silicon ValleySep 23, 2017
The Singapore government has announced three initiatives to spur innovation through tech transfer, talent development and smart capital. This includes the launch of an enhanced IP framework, the National IP Protocol, to enc

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Smart infrastructure is focus for Smart Cities Week in Washington DC

The Next Silicon ValleyAug 28, 2017
Smart infrastructure is the theme for Smart Cities Week 2017, which takes place in Washington D.C. in October 2017. It brings together North America’s visionary leaders and thinkers from all levels of government to hear real-world examples of smart infrastructure solving tough urban challenges. “Today we …

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Emerging technology hub Hudson, NY wins $10 Million grant for …

The Next Silicon ValleyAug 1, 2017
Hudson, NY – After an unsuccessful bid last year, the City of Hudson, New York was awarded a $10 million New York State Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) economic development grant on August 1. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, accompanied by city, county and state government and …

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Lisbon to get smart city infrastructure from NEC, building its position …

The Next Silicon ValleyJul 24, 2017
Lisbon is fast emerging as a key player in the European tech ecosystem. It’s often quoted as one of Europe’s tech cities to watch – even Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently signed an agreement with his Portuguese counterpart Antonio Costa to launch the India-Portugal international startup hub to …