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By Joan Torres

"Smart society" is a concept we use to describe a future where people will use technology to solve problems and support better living for everyone. It is not the same for everyone as it depends on the particular needs of each country.

For Germany is based on industrial automation, while in Japan is focused on the integration of the physical and digital space to support an aging society and unlock radical innovation in the Japanese industry.

Singapore is one of the most advanced Smart countries and their vision of the future is "one where people are empowered by technology to lead meaningful and fulfilled lives".

Giovanni Silva
3 days ago
Giovanni Silva
Smart City Expert

A lot of writing and research on autonomous vehicles (AVs) has focused on technology and deployment (for example, this recent article that speculates about which automaker is better situated to develop AVs). Less attention has been directed at identifying and addressing potential secondary impacts, such as the consequences of AV deployment for urban design. Secondary implications could end up being the largest obstacles to the successful rollout of AVs—particularly with regard to the disruption, and direct backlash, the rollout will create. These secondary implications also highlight the importance of scenario and uncertainty planning.

In this context, the Transportation Research Board recent hosted an "Urbanism Next" workshop at the Autonomous Vehicles Symposium (AVS 2017), which the authors helped organize, to examine the potential impacts of AVs and the sharing economy on e-commerce, city form, design, and development. While AVS 2017 focused on AV technology (e.g., their operatin...

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Julian Sandler
4 days ago
Julian Sandler
Smart City Expert

The lure of living in a technologically advanced community appeals to many Americans, although many don't quite understand what the term smart city means, according to a new report from CompTIA.

The Building Smarter Cities and Communities report, which surveyed both private citizens and US government officials, showed that six out of 10 Americans are interested in living in a smart city.

James Bell
6 days ago
James Bell
Smart City Expert

The big cities of the modern era are singing new tunes of smart city trends – constantly discovering new ideas and ingenious innovations that can fortify the future of these urban areas that consume 75% of the globally available resources. One among these cities is the capital of Germany, Berlin, where a mix of smart initiatives are hooking up businesses, government, citizens and smart city managers to achieve a series of benefits from the ever-advancing information science and technology.

Owing to its smart city strategies, Berlin is ranked among the top 3 cities in Germany and among the top ten cities of Europe. Despite having undergone an arduous period in history and financial crisis, the city has exhibited a great number of achievements worthy of attention.

Jürgen Schmidt
2 weeks ago
Jürgen Schmidt
Smart Consultant

Earlier this year, Prospect and Atkins convened three roundtable events in Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol to discuss the future of smart cities and data use in transport planning. Each discussion brought together councillors, local government officials, academics, private businesses and the voluntary sector to give their views on a few key questions.

Given that Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol are very different cities and
at different stages of devolution, it was striking how much overlap there was across the three locations when it came to the big issues of data use and better planning.

Each roundtable addressed three interconnected questions on the themes of smart cities and data as a form of infrastructure. Firstly, how can we use data to empower smarter city services in the future? Second, given local authorities, governments, firms and other organisations are now collecting huge amounts of data, how can we ensure it is used for the right purpose? And finally, what ar...

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