It is difficult to remember when we are in the midst of winter, but keeping cool in summer is a big issue for some communities. And the problem is likely to get worse as our summer heatwaves grow longer and hotter.
For years, cities have been trying to use data that has sat, siloed in individual departments. Even as that historic data is liberated and made more open, however, more and different types of data are coming in. Since the advent of smartphones with built in GPS, location data, streaming from millions of phones, has created new opportunities – and headaches – for cities.
PwC Russia has released a preliminary report on city technology readiness from its survey of 1,500 citizens from 10 global cities. The future is coming: Cities readiness rating, analysed the readiness of the world’s largest cities to respond to disruptive innovations and to adopt technology-driven solutions.
Local government and cities have a challenging job – delivering multiple complex services, which have a large influence on their citizens’ daily lives, and doing that in an environment of extreme financial pressures. Read more about How Can Data Be Used to Improve Local Service Planning and Delivery? …
With all the hype around smart cities today, you would think they are ubiquitous. Even though there are a few high-profile examples, smart cities aren’t yet as widespread as you might think.
It’s been 60 years since the cover of Popular Mechanics magazine gave us the promise of flying cars. But our personal mobility options remain, today and for the foreseeable future, earthbound. Will the promise of self-driving cars be as elusive?
After Mobile World Congress and IoT World earlier this year, there was a lot of buzz about 5G, smart mobility, general IoT, and smart cities. It feels like we’re entering the future, and the excitement is palatable. Unfortunately, there are many soldiers on the battlefield without a plan.
Many have theorized that tools like broadband networks and Internet of Things (IoT) sensors— technologies that provide access to information through telecommunications—can improve the lives of residents. However, few have gone directly to residents to understand how these tools, commonly referred to in academic literature as smart city information and communication technologies (ICTs), truly affect city dwellers.
The “smart city” sounds like a digital utopia, a place where data eliminates first-world hassles, dangers and injustices. But there are some problems with smart cities, and no one, to my knowledge at least, has pointed them out.
Old models for managing urban transportation are insufficient. New options demand that we think in terms of mobility.