Smart City Maturity and Benchmark Model – TM Forum


There are many maturity models around that measure aspects of city smartness. Many of these models are excellent in measuring a portion of what it means to transform into a smart city. Very few take an end-to-end holistic view across city agencies and departments. This Smart City Maturity and Benchmark Model has been designed to capture the key aspects of…

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TEDx Talks Have a Disability Problem—but This Incredible Young Woman Is Working to Change That


Meet the incredible young woman whose talk on disability rights was a hit at TEDx—and who had to fight to get that talk accessible to her fellow blind and deaf. Haben Girma starts our phone call with an explanation of how she will hear me. She begins most conversations like this, she says in a chipper voice, and she hasn’t…

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Adding Universal Design Techniques to Keep Austin Beautiful

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Imagine a city where a person in a wheelchair can chart a route to the local park using curb cuts and avoiding barriers. She can then connect to the park’s Wi-Fi, receive upcoming events notifications and take e-lessons about the trees and flowers in bloom. How to add accessibility and purposeful inclusion to Austin’s Recycling and Keep Austin Beautiful Initiatives.…

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Four keys to unlocking more inclusive smart cities – IoT Agenda


  These aren’t pipe dreams. They are smart city products and services in action — aspiring to use technology to put people first. And the sooner we can realize these aspirations, the better. In the top 100 metropolitan areas of the United States, nearly 25% of citizens are over the age of 65 or living with disabilities. The internet of…

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Building Age Friendly Smart Cities | Urban Hub

Hear what members of our community want in an age-friendly community. Affordable housing and transportation, access to health care and social activities, respect and much more. Thank you to Boston Neighborhood Network, Ethos and Massachusetts Senior Action Council for their help in producing this video. This video was produced by In the Car. Barrier-free connectivity for social inclusion The…

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Making ‘smart’ cities work for everyone.


Planning your next smart city initiative? Your smart city initiative should be driven by the challenges and opportunities already facing your citizens. I’ve ranged across a few topics today. I’m still working out what a more people-centric approach to smart cities might look like, and how to: Lead with citizen needs – not new technologies.Your smart city initiative should be driven…

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@DLBLLC Twitter Feed

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We make accessibility & inclusion relevant, user-friendly, and easy to incorporate into your Smart City platform. From Darren Bates LLC @DLBLLC Darren Bates LLC (DLBLLC) is a boutique consulting firm and global resource for inclusive and accessible Smart Cities. DLBLLC was founded in 2013 by Darren Bates, a lifelong champion of equality, inclusion, and social justice for people with disabilities…

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AT&T Studies & White Papers Archives -Smart Cities for All


 Smart Cities for All: A Vision for an Inclusive, Accessible Urban Future The purpose of this paper is to highlight the potential for smart city technology to enable benefits for people who are aging and people who are living with disabilities, and to indicate suggested practices for building more inclusive smart cities. …

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Smart City Living Lab partnership brings smart kiosks and more to Dallas, TX

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A new partnership between the Dallas Innovation Alliance and AT&T will create a new program to test smart city tools.   Source: Living lab partnership brings smart lighting, kiosks and environmental sensors to Dallas  

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What the New Urban Agenda means for architects – AIA

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What the New Urban Agenda means for architects By Tim Hawk, FAIA; Chere LeClair, AIA; and Derek Washam May 17, 2017 How AIA’s Strategic Council is encouraging communities to embrace sustainable urbanization. The United Nations convened its Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, referred to as UN Habitat III, in Quito, Ecuador in October of 2016. This is the…

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The New Urban Agenda Key Smart City Commitments


It’s official: world leaders have adopted the New Urban Agenda, which sets a new global standard for sustainable urban development and will help us rethink how we plan, manage and live in cities.The New Urban Agenda The New Urban Agenda is a roadmap for building cities that can serve as engines of prosperity and centres of cultural and social well-being…

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Smart City Expo World Congress 2017

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 14-16 NOVEMBER 2017 BARCELONAGRAN VIA VENUE Source: Smart City Expo World Congress | Projects and Urban Solutionshome-2017

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Nordic Edge Expo 2017

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September 26th – 28th 2017 Conference Nordic Edge Expo – the largest smart city event in the Nordics.Stavanger, September 26th-28th 2017 Source: Nordic Edge Expo | Smarter cities – smarter societies

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Google creates Sidewalk Labs to redesign city living with technology


  Google is continuing its expansion into every corner of human life. The search giant today announced the creation of Sidewalk Labs, a new and independent company that Google CEO Larry Page says will focus on improving city living for everyone by developing new technologies to deal with urban issues like cost of living, transportation, and energy usage. The new company, based…

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Google Is Outfitting Carnegie Mellon With A Smart City “Living Lab”

Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh has long been considered one of the world’s leading robotics research institutions–so much so, that ride-hailing company Uber recently poached 40 of its scientists and researchers. A new project funded by Google will help the institution expand beyond its robotics cachet, as CMU turns its campus into a “living laboratory” for smart technologies.The university will…

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AT&T Smart Cities and the Dallas Innovation Alliance Unveil New Solutions


AT&T* Smart Cities momentum continues with the launch of the DIA Smart Cities Living Lab powered by AT&T (Living Lab). The Living Lab is a multi-phased smart cities project in Dallas. The project is spearheaded by the Dallas Innovation Alliance (DIA) in collaboration with AT&T and other technology leaders in the public and private sector.  AT&T, a Foundational Partner for…

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Smart City Living Labs and the missing role of culture in implementation

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  What I did find surprising about the workshop day – and perhaps this is something generated by that whole notion of a town or city being understood as a lab – is that questions of culture and conflict weren’t broached at all. Smart cities are increasingly finding that to fulfill the vision of a good city that smart offers,…

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Taipei Smart City Living Lab


Taipei Smart City Living Lab Source: Two projects from Taiwan win global smart city awards | Taiwantrade News

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The Third International Conference on Universal Accessibility in the Internet of Things and Smart Environments SMART ACCESSIBILITY 2018 Source: SMART ACCESSIBILITY 2018

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