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Julian Sandler
4 hours ago
Julian Sandler
Smart City Expert

Although every city approaches IoT a differently, for Chicago, smart city projects started with and have always been all about the data.

"The city has more than 600 data sets on its open data portal, which relaunched with a more resident-friendly design earlier this year," said Brenna Berman, who was Chicago's CIO for six years, from May 2011 to May 2017.

At that time, Berman left city government to sign on as executive director of City Digital, an urban innovation program that's part of Chicago-based UI Labs. The organization is a public-private partnership that "uses Chicago as a testbed for new, massive, smart city data-driven infrastructure improvements that enhance residents' quality of life and city efficiency," according to the company.

The Windy City's open data portal lets users find city data as well as facts about the neighborhoods, create maps and graphs about the city and download the data for their own analyses. Many of these data sets are updated at least once a day, with some updated several times a day.

James Bell
17 hours ago
James Bell
Smart City Expert

‘Artificial Intelligence’ – when those two words enter my conscious mind, it excites my imagination leaving me pondering on how will the world look like in future? Will it look like the world we desire or will it erratically transform into an empire dominated by artificial intelligence? Or probably look like a planet overpowered by aliens? We cannot ignore what the elite scientists of 21st century think about AI.

Stephen Hawking said to BBC – “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race….It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate. Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded”.

But just like every next step in our daily lives has an advantage and a risk lying beneath, artificial intelligence is no exception. We cannot stop advancing with making a sustainable future for human race which is taking shape in the form of smart cities just because of the risks related to artificial intelligence. That’s the positive side of life! And more specifically, we shouldn’t forget the fact that human is the sole creator of AI. So, going with the reality let’s get familiarised with artificial intelligence and penetrate in its veins so that we can build a human-centred smart world.

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By Joan Torres

Hurricane Harvey hit southeast Texas a few months ago, bringing 30+ inches of rain and devastating flood waters. This is the worst hurricane to hit the U.S. in ten years and the extent of the damage is still unknown, with tens of thousands of Texan residents displaced. While the storm itself was bad, Houston’s approach to urban planning only made it worse. In a three part series in December 2016, Pro Publica outlined how the city’s infrastructure wouldn’t hold up to a flood.

There were some technological advancements that played critical roles in relief during and after Harvey. Social media supported and expanded civilian rescue efforts. Open data became instrumental in providing residents with up to date information about flood levels and shelter locations. In the aftermath, the city of Houston and private companies like AT&T are employing IoT technology to identify damage and provide aid and information.

Giovanni Silva
2 days ago
Giovanni Silva
Smart City Expert

The Moscow government have announced a pilot project to use a blockchain-based e-voting system to allow citizens to have their say on city management decisions and urban transformation.

The voting system, called Active Citizen, aims to take advantage of the fact that 72% of the city’s population currently use smartphones and virtually the entire area is covered by 4G and broadband networks.

The pilot will be based on an Ethereum smart contracts based platform. It is hoped that every Muscovite will be able to become nodes in a sprawling, city-wide network that will be also be record of all votes. Another feature will allow citizens to count the votes up and verify the authenticity of results in real-time.

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3 days ago
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By Joan Torres

When it comes to smart city innovation, it’s arguable that most use cases are not that exciting to the average resident. A connected garbage bin, traffic light or parking meter is not going to cause applause and adoration for city officials at least in the first instance. But as more and more local systems start to communicate, it will start to make more sense and increase consumer satisfaction, at least until residents forget a life before they existed.

I spoke to Peeter Kivestu, director of travel industry solutions and marketing from analytics solutions and consulting services company, Teradata. Kivestu believes that much of the focus has been on connecting the ‘things’ rather than the data within. The value of data grows with use according to Kivestu: “If you have data and you use it, it increases in value, particularly if you curate it, integrate it or get to use it in a purposeful way.”

He believes that there’s an opportunity for cities to embrace a platform business model where the city enables a level of connectivity around its data. Inherent to this is what he calls a smart data exchange, a new kind of asset that enables cities to evolve into a new way of delivering value for its citizens so this when it gets back to the social economic benefits.

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