IDC Government Insights: #SmartCities Strategies @RuthbeaClarke

Screenshot-2017-10-31 IDC releases first smart city maturity model – CivSource

The concept of Smart Cities is a construct in which to frame local government transformation. Cities need to transform in order to develop sustainably, improve resilience, meet citizens’ rising expectations, and attract investment, new businesses, and talent. This is a complex undertaking, especially when coupled with constrained financial resources, fast-growing populations, and aging (or limited) infrastructure. As a result, Smart…

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Smart Cities Maturity Model and Self-Assessment Tool

Screenshot-2017-10-31 All about our Smart Cities Maturity Self-Assessment Tool

Smart cities embrace ideas that have been proven elsewhere and customise them to meet genuine local needs. In turn, these efforts serve as exemplars, showing the way for others to follow.’ We love this quote taken from India Smart Cities Challenge because we believe that one important trait of smart cities is that they learn from evidence and from what…

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EU Moves Toward Mandated Mobile App Accessibility @BOIAorg

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The European Commission is currently developing a range of website accessibility guidelines specific to mobile applications. In April 2017, it advised the European Standards Organizations (ESOs) through Mandate 554 to develop digital accessibility standards for both public sector websites and mobile applications. These new standards build on the EU’s 2016 Web and Mobile Accessibility Directive, which directed all EU member…

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Uber India launches wheelchair-accessible vehicles- @uberASSIST

Screenshot-2017-10-31 Uber India launches wheelchair-accessible vehicles – uberACCESS and uberASSIST

Uber India announced the launch of two new products – uberACCESS and uberASSIST supported by Mphasis, a leading cloud and cognitive services provider…. Read Full Story | Source: Uber India launches wheelchair-accessible vehicles- uberACCESS and uberASSIST

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Smart Cities For All Digital Inclusion Maturity Model launch


Atlanta: On Tuesday the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs (G3ict) and World Enabled announced that their Smart Cities for All (SC4A) global initiative will develop a new tool to assess and benchmark digital inclusion and ICT accessibility in smart cities. The Smart Cities for All Digital Inclusion Maturity Model will become the first maturity model targeted specifically at digital accessibility…

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Accessible #SmartCities – United Nations Division for Social Policy

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Join the United Nations Division for Social Policy and Development of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA/DSPD) in celebrating World Cities Day 2017 with a panel discussion on “Enabling future cities to be smart. Strategies to prevent urban poverty and promote social inclusion and wellbeing.” TOPIC By 2030 more than 60% of the world’s population is projected to…

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What Can Smart Cities Do To Stay Relevant and Socially Inclusive

Screenshot-2017-10-29 Here’s what smart cities do to stay ahead – EconoTimes

Smart cities create a symbiosis between information, the Internet of Things and technologies to make better decisions and provide desired services. These cities map community preferences to improve services and infrastructure including public transport, libraries and waste services. They use sensors, Bluetooth and iPhones to track conditions and activities and send awareness messages ahead of emerging problems and disasters. Smart…

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Google’s @SidewalkLabs takes the lead in #smartcity development in Toronto – @smartcityhub

Screenshot-2017-10-29 Google’s Sidewalk Labs takes the lead in ‘smart city’ development in Toronto – Smart City Hub

Sidewalk Labs responded to an open call for a proposal for the redevelopment of Quayside, brownfield land around Toronto’s old port. This call was issued by Waterfront Toronto – a public controlled urban development agency that aspires “to explore new ideas, new innovations, new partnerships that if successful could apply to the rest of Toronto, other cities in Canada and…

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7 smart city strategies from pioneering cities across the world

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We highlight the innovative efforts of several of the leading international smart cities, drawing advice from their efforts. Source: 7 smart city strategies from pioneering cities across the world

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NYC launches #smartcity youth education program under innovation lab @NYC_CTO

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New York City’s first Neighborhood Innovation Lab is coordinating new smart city efforts, organizers announced Friday. The city announced that the lab — based in the neighborhood of Brownsville, Brooklyn, since March — will start a tech education program to teach digital skills to youths, while also installing smart trash cans for efficient pickups and solar powered smart benches to charge devices, detect foot traffic and…

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UN urges inclusive #smartcity transition – @SmartCitiesWorld

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The United Nations (UN) has launched a global campaign focusing on the transition to smart, sustainable cities. It advocates that public policy promotes the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) as a catalyst for such change. The initiative, the United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC), is being led by the International Telecommunication Union and the Economic Commission for Europe…

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Success factors for #smartcity development – @SmartCitiesWorld

Screenshot-2017-10-29 Success factors for smart city development

A new whitepaper ranking the top factors necessary for designing and implementing smart city strategies has been published by technology-driven design firm, IBI Group. Top 10 Smart City Success Factors, released ahead of the 2017 ITS World Congress hosted in Montreal, draws on the firm’s experience designing smart cities and delivering intelligent transportation systems internationally. It aims to shed light…

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People, not technology, matter in #smartcities

Screenshot-2017-10-29 People, not technology, matter in smart cities – National Courier

Cities, the American-Canadian author Jane Jacobs once observed, are engines for national prosperity and economic growth. But in their current form, modern cities are also catalysts of inequality and environmental degradation. Today, the share of city dwellers in poverty is growing; 33 per cent live in slums; and 75 per cent of global carbon dioxide emissions originate in metropolitan areas.…

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URBANET | Voices on 1 year New Urban Agenda

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This month, the New Urban Agenda (NUA) celebrates its first anniversary. What has happened since its adoption at Habitat III in Quito? We asked Billy Cobbett (Cities Alliance), Mei Yi (Mayor of Jingdezhen, China), Eugénie L. Birch (Professor at the University of Pennsylvania), Yang Jun (Mayor of Suzhouto), María Alejandra Vicuña Muñoz (Minister of Urban Development and Housing of Ecuador)…

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SmartCities and ICT accessibility

Screenshot-2017-10-29 WTDC-17 Pre-event together for an #accessible world

Last Sunday October 8, 2017, as part of the pre-events organized on the occasion of  the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-17), the Telecommunication development Bureau of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) brought together a group of diverse stakeholders from all over the world to share their views, challenges and success stories related to ICT accessibility. The event, which took place…

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Champions of Accessibility – An Interview with Todd Waites | @WebAbletv

Champions Of Accessibility Interview with Todd Waites

WebAble TV is pleased to present the first in a new series of video interviews entitled “Champions of Accessibility”, a monthly program featuring a video interview with person with a disability who is a leader in the field of accessibility and a thought leader in the community of people with disabilities. Our first “Champion of Accessibility” is Todd Waites who…

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Accessibility Not the Same as Usability

The UK must lead the way in accessible smart cities, says CIBES Lift UK’s Gary Sullivan – Smart Cities World

Accessibility Not the Same as Usability or Availability   Accessibility refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people who experience disabilities. The concept of accessible design and practice of accessible development ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers) Accessibility can be viewed…

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A Smart City is a Connected City, A Connected City is an Inclusive City

Screenshot-2017-10-27 A Smart City is a Connected City, A Connected City is an Inclusive City

“The Most Livable City in the Nation” Before Austin’s former City Manager left town for a new role in Washington, DC, he said his goal was for Austin to become the “Most Livable City in the Country — a model city, the city everyone is talking about and looks to for best practices and innovation. At a glance, a casual…

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@DisabilitySmart: the blog of Business Disability Forum

Screenshot-2017-10-27 Disability-smart the blog of Business Disability Forum

Hi, I am Paul Bepey, a registered blind person working in the field of Assistive Technology and Accessibility. As its World Sight Day today (12 October) I wanted to look at what assistive technology means now that more and more mainstream products have accessibility built in.So, these are my own views on what assistive tech means today. Source: Disability-smart: the…

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Citizens are #SmartCities Best Partners – @MeetoftheMinds


Cities at their core are about citizens — the intermingling of diverse sets of people who live, work, visit and play there. Together they create a rich social fabric that transcends buildings, streets and services to form a culture, an identity. All city leaders understand the need to maintain strong connections between citizens, neighborhood networks, government officials and private companies.…

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