Smart cities trends Archive

Google joins the smart city movement

Google has created Sidewalk Labs, a startup that will contribute to improve city life for residents, businesses, and governments. The new company will use technology to help governments run their urban areas more efficiently. Sidewalk Labs will work on products, platforms and partnerships to meet the challenges faced by cities, such as making transportation more

New application for intelligent biking

Everyone has favorite routes to ride their bikes.  That’s why Strava is taking the collective knowledge of entire users’ communities to share it with the world. Their new Strava Local app creates smart city guides for athletes, designed by athletes. So far the app has registered over 38 million uploaded rides or runs and determines

Spain encourages collaboration with Latin American Smart Cities

Representatives from more than 60 Spanish companies took part recently in a conference alongside representatives from municipalities in Mexico, Chile and Peru, responsible for the adoption of policies in the intelligent cities. Emblematic projects from Spanish cities which would be adapted for South American cities were presented in the event. The government is encouraging the

Kansas City to develop a smart city network

The Kansas City Council has approved a $15 million agreement with a private partnership to turn a two mile stretch of the streetcar line into a “Smart City” network.  The project includes the creation of interactive digital kiosks to share information about events and city services with pedestrians. Data about infrastructure and traffic will be

Why safety is important for the development of smart cities

To handle future population shifts and the increased demand of services, both government and private sectors believe that smart cities are the future. Nowadays more than 54 % of the global population lives in urban centers, with that number expected to rise to 66 % by 2050, leading to new challenges in housing, transportation and

Malmö, a sustainable smart city

Many cities around the world are developing new methods to become more energy-efficient and create eco-friendly infrastructure. The city of Malmö, in Sweden, used to be a polluted industrial center, home to nuclear power plants. Nevertheless, since 2000, city officials have closed the plants and are committed to make Malmö, carbon-neutral by 2020 and able