How technology in cities can help deliver a... →
“People want to live in cities where there’s a high quality of life. These demands are placing a huge strain on city infrastructures and the planet’s resources. We need a “smarter” approach to delivering vital services, such as transportation, healthcare, education, public safety, energy and water. It’s estimated that lost productivity and energy use due to...
Using Sustainable Systems Thinking in the Poorest... →
Last September, the New York Times ran a story highlighting my hometown. Reading, PA had officially “earned the unwelcome distinction of having the largest share of its residents living in poverty” among cities with populations greater than 65,000. Roughly 43% of our residents live in poverty – a staggering 36,000 people in my community of 88,000. Less than two months later, city residents...
Technology will play a central role in determining whether future cities are...– A recent report by Lux Research identifies seven cities that could be used as models for smart cities in the future.
The Future of the Future: Putting the smarts into... →
The city is unlike any other institution on earth. There you’ll find on full display “the good, the bad and the ugly” of what makes us humans tick. In our previous article on smart cities (in the October 2011 issue of KMWorld), we discussed the key elements that make those mega-enterprises one of our great hopes for the future, along with the dangers and risks. In essence,...
Increased amount of rail freight requires cities... →
When switching to a sustainable transport system, one key factor involves shifting more freight transport from road to rail. This change, however, can result in increased environmental problems in the local urban environment – primarily due to transshipment from train to lorry, that must almost always take place in order to transport the freight the last mile. For historical reasons,...
Are you feeling unsure how a big, lofty idea such as Smarter Planet ties into what you are doing on a day-to-day basis as an IBM Software Business Partner? Read Jacqlyn Levy’s blog “What the IBM Software Story Means for Business Partners ” as she explains how the IBM’s Smarter Planet vision and strategy can help you generate new business opportunities. Follow the Smarter Planet and...
Smarter Cities Defined →
Refers to multiple technological advancements that would make cities of tomorrow smarter. A cross between intelligence and interconnection, not to speak of myriad efficiencies and hardware and software sales ;-) I remember an old quote “if people do not want to communicate, no amount of groupware and collaboration software will make them do that”. People define a city, its culture, its ethos and...
For all the Chinese demonstration eco-cities or “carbon neutral” pledges from...– David Biello asks can smarter growth guide China’s urban building boom?
Incentivizing Innovation for Cities: An Interview...
Open Source Cities spoke with Sascha Haselmayer, General Director and Co-Founder of Living Labs Global about the Living Labs Global Award and incentivizing service innovation in cities through competitions and open source citizen engagement. Background The Living Labs Global Award is open for submissions until February 17, 2012. The awards ceremony will be held in Rio de Janeiro in...