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LABCITIES
By Joan Torres

Maybe it’s the sudden flurry of flying car proposals or the hype over hyperloop, but it seems like tech companies are finally ready to build the cities of the future we’ve been obsessing about in films for years.

Smart city technology, a combination of Internet of Things connectivity and massive technological integration at the metro level, has long been a buzzy phrase for planners and designers looking to make cities smarter, more efficient, and more sustainable.

And cities have bought in: By 2020, the market for this new urban technology is expected to reach $34.4 billion annually, according to the Consumer Technology Association.

Of course, much of this development—from Kansas City’s progressive transit corridor to Columbus, Ohio’s proposal to create a smart, equitable transit (the winning entry in the U.S. government’s Smart City Challenge contest last year)—is finding clever ways to add this new technology to our pre-existing urban environment. China alone has more than 2...

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Julian Sandler
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Julian Sandler
Smart City Expert

Urban dwellers contend with congested roads, snarled traffic, and consistent long commutes all the time. These are hallmarks of modern urban life in many cities. City planners and transportation managers recognize the problems as well, since they must cope with the same issues. For many of these urban planners and managers, the situation can seem overwhelming. The pressure keeps mounting, since an estimated 3 million people move to cities each week.

To alleviate these typical transportation problems, urban managers have tried traditional solutions, adding or improving roads, building mass transit systems, or promoting carpooling and HOV lanes. To some extent, those solutions have helped. However, with constrained budgets and a desire for more environmentally friendly approaches, savvy city managers are turning to new technologies to address traffic congestion.

LABCITIES
2 days ago
LABCITIES
By Joan Torres

Our urban areas are expanding at an unprecedented rate. Many of our cities are already overcrowded, leading to transport and traffic congestion, as well as growing strain on resources like as water, energy, and safe housing. By 2050, more than six billion people will be city dwellers, and making sure that their urban citizens live in a safe and sustainable environment- one of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)- will be one of the key challenges facing Governments.

If we are to meet the SDGs in cities, we will need completely new concepts for urban mobility and the sustainable use of resources, making much more efficient use of what we already have and reducing waste of all kinds. In other words, we will need to encourage the evolution of a regular city into a Smart City.

The “Internet of Things” (IoT), is a critical enabler. The concept is simple. If everyday objects gather information using sensors and communicate this information live with other devices and people, then we can do all sorts of things much more efficiently, quickly and accurately. A sensor in a fridge can improve efficiency in the food supply chain and contribute to taking delivery trucks off the road, helping congestion; a sensor in an elevator could detect the onset of potential maintenance issues and request repair before it even breaks, improving the quality of life of everyone in the building.

Jaime González
2 days ago
Jaime González
Independent Professional

Dubai has been chosen as the Smart City of 2017 by the jury of the seventh edition of the Global Smart City Awards, announced at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona.

The Arab Emirate of Dubai’s project to adopt Blockchain Technology at a city scale earned the City award of 2017. The jury valued its effort to lead global thinking and deployment of blockchain technology in applicable government services as well as its commitment to support the creation of a blockchain industry empowering start-ups and businesses.

Other award winners include Amsterdam’s Circular Innovation programme, Shenzen’s Traffic Brain and SEAT’s Easy Urban Mobility.

Jean-Paul Rouge
3 days ago
Jean-Paul Rouge
Independent professional

So-called “smart cities” have less pollution, safer streets, and better quality of life for citizens. But many finance officers struggle to fund the upgrades that will make their cities smart. To help, Cisco today introduced the City Infrastructure Financing Acceleration Program. It is a $1 billion program aimed to make it easier, faster, and more affordable for cities around the world to fund and adopt technologies that will transform their communities.

The funding will be provided through Cisco Capital® in partnership with private equity firm Digital Alpha Advisors and pension fund investors APG Asset Management (APG) and Whitehelm Capital.

“Funding is a major stumbling block for municipalities beginning their smart city transformation,” said Anil Menon, Global President of Cisco’s Smart+Connected Communities. “With our partners, Cisco will bring the capital and expertise it takes to make smart city projects a reality. Digital Alpha, APG, and Whitehelm Capital bring a fresh p...

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