Cities look to the cloud for data-driven ‘smarts’
Two cities — one in the US, one in France — have begun using new cloud-based tools to manage their transportation, water and emergency services. Minneapolis and Montpellier are using the tools from IBM to gain better, data-driven insights into their operations. “In any city, an issue may reside... Read more
Kansas City plans for smart services ‘like never before’
Kansas City plans to launch a new network that will enable smart-city services and a “living lab” in its innovation district. In a letter of intent signed with Cisco, city officials have outlined a framework for various pilot projects, including infrastructure sensing, a mobile platform for citizen access, smart... Read more
Without vision, urban tech can be ‘unsatisfying’
Smart cities require more than smart technology to succeed — without a clear vision to guide transformation, city leaders and technology providers will find the results “unsatisfying.” That’s just one of the findings summarized in a report from the Brookings Institution, which — together with Barcelona’s ESADE Business School... Read more
MIT course looks ‘Beyond Smart Cities’
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) plans to offer a short continuing education course titled “Beyond Smart Cities” this June. The course, according to MIT, will focus on “understanding the complexities of cities through the use of Big Data Urban Analytics and the design of New Urban Systems for... Read more
IEEE ‘brain trust’ to help cities smarten up
The IEEE professional organization aims to make its “brain trust” of technology experts available to city leaders who want to develop smarter, more sustainable communities. The IEEE’s Smart Cities Initiative aims to work with 10 cities in both developed and developing countries between now and 2016. “Designing successful and... Read more
‘City Deal’ envisions Brighton as a global tech leader
A program aimed at promoting high-tech innovation and investment in the British city of Brighton includes plans for a “Digital Exchange” in which companies can combine their buying power to get faster broadband at lower prices. The Greater Brighton City Deal is designed to give the city “the chance... Read more
Spain’s ‘SmartLand’ tracks parking, trash & more
A business consortium is equipping two towns on the Spanish-French border with a raft of smart technologies for traffic control, water management, waste collection, street lighting and more. The SmartLand Bajo Bidasoa project is targeted at the 78,000-some residents of the towns of Irun and Hondarribia. Using a Smart... Read more
Birmingham launches ‘smart city roadmap’
The city of Birmingham has just launched a Smart City Roadmap that outlines actions that can tackle urban challenges from unemployment to carbon reduction. Developed by the Birmingham Smart City Commission, the roadmap represents what the commission calls “a collective ambition by city stakeholders to deliver real change by... Read more
Alibaba Group has $815m digital city vision
The Chinese internet giant Alibaba Group has a nearly one-billion-dollar vision to transform part of the island of Hainan into an “intelligent city.” The company subsidiary Alibaba Cloud Computing last week signed a deal with the Hainan International Tourism Island Pilot Zone that will see some 5 billion renminbi... Read more
Survey shows support for driverless cars, drone services
Nearly half of the US citizens surveyed about smart-city technology say they’d like to live in a driverless city, and over one-third expect to see that become a reality within the decade. Those are among the findings in a recent study conducted by Intel across eight countries. When it... Read more