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Jürgen Schmidt
21 minutes ago
Jürgen Schmidt
Smart Consultant

On Toronto’s waterfront, where the eastern part of the city meets Lake Ontario, is a patchwork of cement and dirt. It’s home to plumbing and electrical supply shops, parking lots, winter boat storage, and a hulking silo built in 1943 to store soybeans—a relic of the area’s history as a shipping port.

Torontonians describe the site as blighted, underutilized, and contaminated. Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs wants to transform it into one of the world’s most innovative city neighborhoods. It will, in the company’s vision, be a place where driverless shuttle buses replace private cars; traffic lights track the flow of pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicles; robots transport mail and garbage via underground tunnels; and modular buildings can be expanded to accommodate growing companies and families.

LABCITIES
yesterday
LABCITIES
By Joan Torres

Our cities are already becoming more connected, and most of us now rely on the internet for many of our daily tasks

The concept of the smart city might sound a bit like science fiction, but it’s largely a natural evolution of changes already underway. While the benefits of smart cities are clear, there’s still one difficult point to grapple with: Privacy. How much privacy can one expect when living in a smart city? Is giving up privacy a trade people are willing to make?

Jose Suarez
yesterday
Jose Suarez
Smart City Expert

Crisis planning is integral to many cities across the planet and we see it in use when natural disasters strike. When the magnitude 9 earthquake hit Japan in 2011, previous disaster planning kicked in. But the response has been criticized because of the predictive limitations that informed the disaster recovery attempts. Other criticisms highlighted too much emphasis on using ‘hazard maps’ which were inaccurate. If our starting points are off point, then our disaster recovery will also be lacking.

In our smart cities, which are intrinsically dependent on data, disaster recovery has to include data as a critical infrastructure in its own right or as my previous article outlined—the data superstructure.

LABCITIES
2 days ago
LABCITIES
By Joan Torres

It’s the Winter Olympics, that time of year when couch-bound, chip-stuffed, dip-drowned television viewers across the globe watch professional skiers and snowboarders do their thing and think: Why don’t I do that?

The reason, of course, is the chips (and a lack of talent). But an enterprising few may actually dust the crumbs off their laps and make it to the ski slopes. There, at a quaint mountain resort, they will encounter something they didn't come looking for. Something oft-hyped but rarely seen in the wild: a smart city.

James Bell
3 days ago
James Bell
Smart City Expert

When Blockchain was still a topic of debate, Dubai had already started on its journey of becoming the first blockchain-powered city in the world. Well, this was just another cutting-edge step towards transforming Dubai into the smartest (or as per Dubai’s Vision: the happiest) city in the world. The Emirate Government has set the deadline to integrate paper-based transactions to blockchain technology by 2020 – basically, it wants to go paperless which accounts for saving 25.1 million man-hours or 1.5 billion dollars each year. Isn’t the story inspiring? So, let’s unfold the rest of it in the discussion below!

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