March 8, 2018 — Today, LABCITIES is releasing a new corporate logo, marking the first visual brand update since it launched in 2016. Adding the TM Forum partnership tagline as part of the brand identity, the logo highlights the integrated cooperation between LABCITIES and the global industry association for digital businesses, with a shared […]
The primary challenge to building a smart city has nothing to do with pouring concrete and erecting steel beams. It’s knowing better the city’s flows to optimize the city for its inhabitants. It’s turning all of the data that comes streaming in from myriad sources into actionable information. App developers can turn this data into better knowledge of the intents of their users in the city and deliver a better service when and where it is the most pertinent.
While local governments can and should manage much of the evolution to “smart cities,” national governments have an important role to play as well in accelerating and coordinating their development. Indeed, the long-term success of smart cities will likely depend on whether national governments support their development.
Smart cities are one of the most hyped concepts in recent years. Smart traffic lights, intelligent street lamps, clever rubbish bins, and networks of various types of sensors are something we’ve come to expect any day now.
Local governments have started to take advantage of data, connected devices and tools afforded to us by modern technology to make their cities smarter. One of the crucial elements of a city, one that really helps it run, is its transportation.
Autonomous vehicles, cryptocurrencies, and body worn cameras each could have unintended consequences on vulnerable populations, according to new research from the National League of Cities.
Edward D. Reiskin is the Director of Transportation for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA). Ed is in charge of San Francisco entire municipal transit system and oversees the Municipal Railway (Muni), public parking, traffic engineering, pedestrian planning, bicycle implementation, accessibility and taxi regulation. The Smart Mobility 2018 team recently sat down with Mr. […]
According to a United Nations report, 70% of the world’s population is expected to be living in cities by 2050. This is why, overcoming many of today’s humankind challenges in areas such energy, water, food, climate change, health, etc. will depend mainly on the success of the so called Smart Cities strategies. But as urgent we consider the implementation of smarter cities, making it really happen still remains a challenge several years after the concept was first coined.
Plans for more wired, networked, connected urban areas face challenges if they fail to account for existing, local, non-digital elements such as government and socioeconomic conditions.
Cities around the world are creating and deploying smart city strategies. It is time to take stock and review what is happening worldwide. Future Cities Catapult is striving to shed light on what smart city strategies mean in practice, and how they differ across the world.