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Jason Black
9 hours ago
Jason Black
Project Manager

When looking at Europe’s smart city readiness, the UK is behind on its smart city targets and is at risk of falling behind other European countries, according to research from Citi Horizons. Over 80 per cent of the 187 UK councils asked to take part in this research had limited awareness and little to no involvement in smart cities. The report also warned “it is clear that councils are unable to make smart, connected cities a priority”.

But how does a community become smart? The process is no simple task. Budget constraints, identifying priorities, finding best practice, navigating intricate technology, and engaging business and the community are all challenge areas.

Clearly this is a major problem – it’s not just that communities are struggling to prioritise for future programmes; an underlying problem may be that the primary conditions for a successful smart community have been overlooked: It is essential to have in place the right people with the right mind-set. The prevailin...

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LABCITIES
20 hours ago
LABCITIES
By Joan Torres

The increase in IoT-enabled devices and interconnectivity between various building management systems (BMS) prompts larger questions about cybersecurity and data privacy concerns. These challenges are hardly new, but they are magnified in an IoT-connected world.

Industry forecasts expect the IoT market will grow from an installed base of 15.4 billion devices in 2015 to 30.7 billion devices in 2020 and 75.4 billion in 2025. Many of these devices will be deployed in buildings, public works and critical infrastructure. Smart technologies will establish an urban landscape that is all-connected, all-sharing, all-knowing and imbued with a functionality that can provide unprecedented levels of comfort and convenience.

The convergence of smart technologies and the built environment will improve the operation and capabilities of buildings, but will also lead to increased vulnerabilities and attack vectors not previously encountered within design engineering and urban planning.

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Jose Suarez
yesterday
Jose Suarez
Smart City Expert

To solve modern city problems like traffic congestion and air pollution, city governments need to think different. Here is an eight-minute documentary on how Palo Alto, California, is using technology to create a better life for its citizens. An interview with the smart city leaders of Palo Alto.

In this video the smart city leaders of Palo Alto explain about their smart city initiatives, being Smart City Hub member Jonathan Reichental, ph.D,, CIO of the city, Greg Sharff, Mayor, James Keene, City Manager and Chris Caravalho, IT Project Services Manager.

One of their initiatives? The city’s popular Open Data Portal.that can be accessed at http://data.cityofpaloalto.org. In this portal, the city shares all its data with its citizens. It makes it even simpler and quicker to find key City data. The improved portal includes a search box on the home screen to allow users to find data across the entire open data site, additional categories of data for easier identification, as well as a new “spotlight” feature to highlight particular datasets.

Have a look for more initiatives in the video below.

LABCITIES
yesterday
LABCITIES
By Joan Torres

Years of costly competition between Uber Technologies and its main local rival Didi Chuxing in China have made millions of Chinese comfortable about riding in each other’s cars.

And now more than 30 bike-sharing start-ups have sprouted across the country, dismissing urban dwellers’ ideas of buying their own bikes (or cars, for that matter), by carpeting the streets with millions of easily accessible two-wheelers.

Entrepreneurs in their drives are also jumping on the wider ‘sharing’ bandwagon, with an increasingly enriched list of offerings, from smartphone power banks and umbrellas, to basketballs and even cigarette lighters.

All can be conveniently borrowed on street corners, in shopping malls and subway stations... often with little more than the simple swipe of a smartphone.

As more entrepreneurs and venture capitalists enter the battlefield, setting up new businesses using the same, sharing recipe, scepticism already now mounting on whether the country is “over sharing” even among those at the very heart of this new collective revolution.

According to the China’s State Information Office, 600 million Chinese have tried or signed up to use something or working to provide a service within the sharing economy last year, creating a market worth 3.45 trillion yuan (US$ 507 billion) in 2016, up 103 per cent on 2015.

Julian Sandler
2 days ago
Julian Sandler
Smart City Expert

At an early June Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) commencement address, Apple CEO Tim Cook challenged graduates to focus on people rather than technology. He opined that science and technology are worthless if they aren’t motivated by the desire to help people. Furthermore, per Cook, technology can have the most effective impact when we put people at the center of everything we do.

While this may seem blasphemous to those of us who make our living in technology, I am beginning to hear that same philosophy shift in the smart city movement.

In three recent Smart City panel discussions, I heard CIO’s from several cities voice the same recommendation: Start with the people.

This is a major shift in emphasis from the past couple of years, in which the focus had been on technology – sensors, video cameras, meters, analytics, networks and so on. The CIO’s related how in the early stages of their smart city projects they jumped into the technical solution without truly understanding the problems they were trying to solve. One CIO put it rather succinctly, “at first we had technology searching for a problem to solve. Now we are focusing on identifying citizen issues that are best solved with technology”.

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