Smart cities trends Archive

The Internet of Things as a tool to help citizens survive the winter

By any reasonable measure, this has been a particular hard winter in the U.S. Buffalo started with a 70-inch plus storm last November. Syracuse has seen snow since January and Boston has been repeatedly hammered, seeing over 95 inches of the white stuff so far this year, possible with more on the way. Those numbers create

Manheim’s smart grid lowers energy consumption and cost

In 1882, Thomas Edison opened the world’s first commercial electric grid. What if we could modernize it? That is what the city of Mannheim, Germany, is doing. Germany has developed extensive local renewable energy production, however renewable energy sources are not always available when and where needed. In order to match energy supply with demand,

Innovation teams help cities to bring solutions to longstanding problems

The innovation team (or i-team) model developed by Bloomberg Philanthropies brings dedicated capacity to city halls to implement innovative and data-driven solutions to long standing problems. The teams focus on the identification of mayoral priorities by following four steps: investigating the problem, generating new ideas, preparing to deliver, and delivering and adapting.  Data plays a

Ten attributes that describe a smart city

A combination of economic growth, societal needs and human aspiration is establishing a smart cities culture, creating smart city projects and programs in many countries.  Here are 10 suggested attributes that may well describe a smart city. 1. Information, communication and technology enabled public services. The use of integrated technology platforms that are easily accessible

Smart solutions for sustainable cities in the Arabian Gulf

According to UN-Habitat, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is one of the most urbanized areas in the world, with more than 70 % of the population living in urban areas. Urban expansion in the region has been fuelled by both internal migration and the influx of expatriate workers attracted by the region’s economic prosperity and

Internet of Things improves city services

The use of Internet during the next few years will reach eye-opening proportions, and so will the numbers of people moving into urban areas, which could lead to even greater changes in how cities operate. Smart cities are based on eight different areas: governance, building, healthcare, mobility, infrastructure, technology, energy, and citizens. It is being