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
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has set up a study group to examine the challenges of setting standards and interoperability for the use of Internet of Things (IoT) devices in smart cities. The ITU Study Group will focus on building and supporting international standards to boost the use and development of IoT software and solutions.
The French government and the private sector are developing the Paris Climate Energy Plan, with the goal of decreasing 75% of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. How are they going to achieve this? By creating high-rise, clean energy buildings capable of producing energy to their surrounding areas. The study presents various prototype designs of mixed
As cities grow and the world continues its move toward urbanization, smart city planning becomes even more relevant. About $10 trillion in investments will be needed for urban infrastructure by 2025. In this regard, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is working to help municipalities address urbanization, integrating technology to create smart cities
New York City and Chicago have developed two major projects as part of a broader global trend towards the use of high technology to create smart cities. Last spring, NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress, partnered with New York City’s Hudson Yards neighborhood to build the so-called nation’s first quantified community. The project will track data on air
According to the GSMA, mobile money accounts grew by 50% in Latin America in 2014. A big opportunity, due to the pivotal role that mobile money can play in addressing many of the challenges of these countries. First, it can promote inclusive economic growth. It has been estimated that over half of Latin Americans have no bank