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LABCITIES
13 hours ago
LABCITIES
By Joan Torres

Earlier this year, Dubai announced its intention to turn itself into the first blockchain-powered government in the world by 2020.

These ambitions are part of the emirate's goal of becoming a global business hub, with next-generation technology playing a key role in delivering this vision.

Although most blockchain initiatives are still in their early phases, Gartner's annual Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies report, predicts that in the "long-term... this technology will lead to a reformation of whole industries".

It's an optimism that has spread to multiple businesses, governments and entrepreneurs in Dubai.

In 2016, more than 30 government entities and international companies came together to launch the Global Blockchain Council.

Its members later announced various proof-of-concept projects, covering everything from health records and shipping, to business registrations and efforts to use blockchain technology to try and reduce the spread of conflict diamonds.

James Bell
yesterday
James Bell
Smart City Expert

In Boston innovation is the key to revitalise the way people live, work and play. It is one of the first cities in the region to adopt experimental smart plans and that’s what makes it a game changer in the smart city race. Over the years, Boston has learned to become more innovative and sustainable – winning the title of the most energy-efficient city in the US.

Today, the City of Boston is inviting IoT developers and technology innovators both from the public and private sector to put forward ideas that can improve the quality of life for people and make the city more liveable. Few of the ideas the city is working on are discussed further.

Jason Black
yesterday
Jason Black
Project Manager

A new study by Juniper Research has identified the top 10 smart cities in the UK, with London topping the list. The analysis was conducted over a range of city indices, including transport, healthcare, public safety, energy and productivity. Scores were calculated according to diverse metrics, including present state-of-play variables (such as congestion and crime levels) alongside smart city rollouts, vision and long-term strategy.

LABCITIES
yesterday
LABCITIES
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".

James Bell
3 days ago
James Bell
Smart City Expert

Sydney is the most populated city in Australia. Predictions estimate the number will increase twofold by the year 2050. Considering the demographics, Sydney is yet to build a sustainable future to meet the quality demands of the present and the coming generations. Artificial intelligence, internet of things (IoT) and big data are still in the light of infancy – exploring the opportunities and possibilities that could lead the city to smart and sustainable living.

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