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Jason Black
17 hours ago
Jason Black
Project Manager

Modern cities are brimming with objects that receive, collect and transmit data. This includes mobile phones but also objects actually embedded into our cities, such as traffic lights and air pollution stations. Even something as simple as a garbage bin can now be connected to the internet, meaning that it forms part of what is called the internet of things (IoT). A smart city collects the data from these digital objects, and uses it to create new products and services that make cities more liveable.

Although they have huge potential to make life better, the possibility of increasingly smarter cities also raises serious privacy concerns. Through sensors embedded into our cities, and the smartphones in our pockets, smart cities will have the power to constantly identify where people are, who they are meeting and even perhaps what they are doing.

Following revelations that 87 million people’s Facebook data was allegedly breached and used to influence electoral voting behaviour, it is ever more important to properly scrutinise where our data goes and how it is used. Similarly, as more and more critical infrastructure falls victim to cyberattacks, we need to consider that our cities are not only becoming smarter, they are also becoming more vulnerable to cyberattacks.

Bart Gorynski
6 days ago
Bart Gorynski
Smartivist | @bee smart city

Hamilton’s focus on equal access to digital resources and education will ensure that its citizens can all play their part in the future of this smart city.

At the western end of Canada’s Lake Ontario nestles a city of almost 540,000 culturally diverse people. Once handling 60% of Canada’s steel production and earning the title ‘the Steel Capital of Canada’, its steel operations are now waning and the industrial city of Hamilton is looking for a new foundation for the future of its inhabitants.

That new foundation is to be both figurative and literal: the city has so far provided financial incentives to the tune of over C$20 million for companies to remediate and repurpose Hamilton’s polluted former industrial sites, the re-development of which – aside from improving the environmental health of the city – has poured money into the construction industry and is already responsible for the creation of at least 650 new jobs.

Hamilton knows that the future of its economy lies in the development of new industries and businesses, especially in such areas as digital communications, healthcare and life sciences and it is doing its best to attract them. Aside from the ERASE remediation project helping to secure more clean and usable land, Hamilton is working on getting broadband access all around the city. read more...

Jose Suarez
6 days ago
Jose Suarez
Smart City Expert

A smart city can be described as a city that incorporates the capabilities of web connectivity, analytics, mobile solutions, sensors, data collection and other technology. This can include surveillance systems utilized by law enforcement, smart congestion-mitigating traffic systems, LED streetlights equipped with motion sensors, smart grids and smart water systems.

A smart city contains a myriad of objects that receive, collect and transmit data.

The purpose of smart city data collection is to enable the creation of innovative new products and services that improve the quality of life in a given smart city. Smart cities have the potential to solve a variety of municipal issues. But, as is the case with technology in general, these cities are also vulnerable to serious threats.

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By Joan Torres

What is a smart city? The answer depends on who you ask. Solutions providers will tell you it’s smart parking, smart lighting or anything to do with technology. City officials may tell you it’s about conducting city business online, such as searching records or applying for permits. City residents may tell you it’s the ease of getting around, or about crime reduction. Everyone is right.

A smart city, built properly, will provide different value to different stakeholders. They may not think of their city as a “smart”city. They know it only as a place they want to live in, work in, and be a part of. To build this type of city, you have to first build the smart city ecosystem.

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2 weeks ago
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By Joan Torres

The world is rapidly urbanizing. The United Nations predicts that the number of people living in cities could double by 2050 — to 6.5 billion.

To accommodate growing populations, cities like Paris, New York, and Tokyo are building more housing and public resources, including parks, schools, and subways, as part of large redevelopment plans.

These cities will likely look very different (and in some neighborhoods, gentrified) in the coming decades. Take a look at some of the biggest urban projects under construction below.

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