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Sergey Gumerov
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Sergey Gumerov
Smart City Expert

Which team is concentrated on city balance modeling?

It would be great to share the results and case studies.

Jaime González
2 months ago
Jaime González
Independent Professional

Dubai has been chosen as the Smart City of 2017 by the jury of the seventh edition of the Global Smart City Awards, announced at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona.

The Arab Emirate of Dubai’s project to adopt Blockchain Technology at a city scale earned the City award of 2017. The jury valued its effort to lead global thinking and deployment of blockchain technology in applicable government services as well as its commitment to support the creation of a blockchain industry empowering start-ups and businesses.

Other award winners include Amsterdam’s Circular Innovation programme, Shenzen’s Traffic Brain and SEAT’s Easy Urban Mobility.

LABCITIES
2 months ago
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By Joan Torres

Award-winning smart parking app, EasyPark, have released the 2017 Smart City Index, revealing Copenhagen, Denmark as the smartest city, followed by Singapore, and Swedish city Stockholm. Creating technology which is designed to make people’s lives easier, EasyPark’s ambition is to help build more livable cities for the future. They undertook this study not only to highlight those metropolises which are on the forefront of smart urban growth, but also to learn from those cities which are showing impressive acceleration towards making life smoother for their citizens through digitalization.

To start the study, EasyPark first created a list of 500 carefully selected cities*. They were then analysed for 19 factors aiming to define what makes a city ‘smart’, beginning with digitalization—meaning 4G, high-speed internet and high smartphone penetration. Next, they looked into transport and mobility, which should be knowledge-based with smart parking, traffic sensors and car sharing apps. A smart city should also be sustainable, with a focus on clean energy and environmental protection. Lastly, there should be excellent online access to governmental services and a high level of citizen participation. All of these factors, and more, were then analysed to determine the final index of 100 cities. To round off the study and add a human element, the research team then asked 20,000 technology and urban planning journalists to rate how smart their cities are.

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2 months ago
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By Joan Torres

The smart city market can be observed through various lenses; however, through all of them, fragmentation is the current state.

The smart city market continues to grow, presenting great opportunities for all players, despite its current fragmented state, according to IHS Markit. This fragmentation appears in the type of smart city projects developed, in the technology, in the ecosystem, and in the solutions.

Smart cities are home to many projects with diverse scopes and sizes across various verticals, although pilot projects remain most common as the market continues to test solutions, models and results.

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3 months ago
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By Joan Torres

At Smart City InFocus in Yinchuan recently, 65 city leaders and technology companies gathered for a practical VIP workshop to figure out how we advance smart city transformation and move from open data platforms to true data economies.

Carl Piva, VP, Strategic Programs and Head of the Smart City Forum, TM Forum, kicked off the half-day symposium saying, ”We are all under pressure in cities – we don’t have the funds to do everything we want. That’s part of the reason TM Forum is bringing cities together with industry to find new ways to do things — moving away from transactional approaches to focusing on outcomes.”

He added: “We think the solution lies in collaborating ecosystems – it’s the key to smartness.”

These were some of the key takeaways from the session:

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