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Using New Mobility Models To Increase Access – Transportation For America

Using New Mobility Models To Increase Access – Transportation For America

New mobility services have enormous potential to change the transportation landscape and increase access for all residents. But, only a few projects are actually focused on that. As new mobility models continue to have an impact on our transportation system and shift how our cities are designed and operate, cities and transit agencies are launching new pilot projects to test…

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Mobility-Accessibility Panel Shows How 5G Will Enable Greater Personal Autonomy

Mobility-Accessibility Panel Shows How 5G Will Enable Greater Personal Autonomy

For many people, the work day doesn’t begin without addressing a serious challenge: commuting. This can mean highways stacked with traffic, or crowded trains and buses. For people who are blind, everything is more complicated. They must rely on a ride from someone else, or if traveling by rail, someone to lead them to and from the train. Soon, this…

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5G Will Spur New Opportunities for Americans with Disabilities | CTIA

Screenshot-2018-6-25 5G Will Spur New Opportunities for Americans with Disabilities

We speak often about how next-generation 5G wireless networks and technologies will revolutionize our world, from enabling autonomous cars and remote surgery to powering new advances in education and public safety. But what often gets missed is that 5G will also spur new opportunities for consumers with differing needs, including millions of older adults and people with disabilities. Today the…

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What Makes Singapore A Smart Nation And The Smartest City In The World?

What Makes Singapore A Smart Nation And The Smartest City In The World?

Why is Singapore the smartest city in the world? Posted by Celine Delacharlerie | J, Jun, 2018 | Academic, Accelerators & Incubators, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Government, Open Innovation, Sharing Economy, Smart City, South-East Asia (Singapore, Indonesia…), Startups | |   Singapore’s status as a Smart Nation is internationally recognised. The city-state ranks first in the Global city performance index 2017. …

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To Speak Up For Inclusion, We Need To Speak About Inclusion

To Speak Up For Inclusion, We Need To Speak About Inclusion

We invited people from all walks of life to have a frank and honest conversation about inclusion. In order to #SpeakUpforInclusion, we need to speak about inclusion: Courtesy of Royal Bank of Canada  

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How Municipality Officials Are Planning For Smart Cities

How Municipality Officials Are Planning For Smart Cities

As government spending on the internet of things is expected to reach $12 billion in 2020, creating smart infrastructure is a topic of concern for officials at all levels of government. At Bloomberg Government’s “Women in Smart Cities Forum,” sponsored by Verizon on June 15, 2018, women working at the city, state and federal levels of government shared their strategies…

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A Plea for AI That Serves Humanity Instead of Replacing It | WIRED

A Plea for AI That Serves Humanity Instead of Replacing It | WIRED

Sixty-two years ago this summer, Dartmouth professor John McCarthy coined the term artificial intelligence. Joi Ito, director of MIT’s Media Lab, has come to think it’s unhelpful. Talk of AI has become hard to avoid due to surging investment from companies hoping to profit from advances in machine learning. Ito believes the term has also become tainted by the assumption…

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Here Are The Ways AI Is Helping To Improve Accessibility

Here Are The Ways AI Is Helping To Improve Accessibility

Today marks the seventh Global Accessibility Awareness Day, a celebration of inclusion and digital access for people with disabilities. Microsoft took the opportunity to unveil the Xbox Adaptive Controller, a gaming controller designed to accommodate a range of special needs, and Apple announced that its Everyone Can Code curricula for the Swift programming language will come to schools with vision- and hearing-impaired students.…

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5 Ways AI Could Transform Digital Accessibility

Screenshot-2018-6-25 5 ways AI could transform digital accessibility AbilityNet

  Artificial Intelligence (AI) is increasingly being built into our digital world. And there are great opportunities to maximise AI to make the digital world more accessible for people with disabilities. Here, AbilityNet’s senior accessibility and usability consultant Joe Chidzik explores some of the possibilities and some of the ways AI is already changing things for disabled people. 1. AI could…

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HealthHack 2018 Winner Aims for Better Accessibility

HealthHack 2018 Winner Aims for Better Accessibility

The winner of this year’s HealthHack Smart Cities Challenge is aiming to make Edmonton more accessible to those who use wheelchairs. Professor at the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta, Martin Ferguson-Pell, and his team have developed Click N’ Push – an app that shows just how difficult it can be to get around the city in a…

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Fostering a Smart City Society of Smart People

Fostering a Smart City Society of Smart People

Former Mayor Megan Barry in the spring of 2016 convened a working group to outline and coordinate Nashville’s efforts to better integrate technology with the city’s infrastructure as well as other parts of government and public life. The group’s work led to the delivery to Mayor David Briley in late April of a final community report called “Connected Nashville: A…

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Can Smart Cities Be Equitable?

Can Smart Cities Be Equitable?

Around the world, governments are making cities “smarter” by using data and digital technology to build more efficient and livable urban environments. This makes sense: With urban populations growing and infrastructure under strain, smart cities will be better positioned to manage rapid change. But as digital systems become more pervasive, there is a danger that inequality will deepen unless local…

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Smarter London Together – Smart City Roadmap

Screenshot-2018-6-13 Smarter London Together

The Mayor has launched Smarter London Together – his roadmap to make London ‘the smartest city in the world’. This roadmap is intended to be a flexible digital masterplan for the city. It sets out how we want to collaborate with the capital’s boroughs and services, from TfL to the NHS. We also want to work more effectively with the tech community, our…

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The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Civil Society Forum

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@DLBLLC and @SmartCitiesL are attending the Civil Society CRPD Forum at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York City today via live-stream: https://t.co/HTNhl9lkey. #CRPD11 #CFCRPD @USICD — Darren Bates (@DLBLLC) June 11, 2018   Civil Society CRPD Forum – Ahead of the 11th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with…

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This Is How Smart Cities Can Become More Inclusive

This Is How Smart Cities Can Become More Inclusive

For urban planners, data and technology are valuable tools in the drive to improve administration and services. But while these innovations are making urban environments more livable, they come with a hidden cost: the potential to deepen inequality among digitally marginalized groups. Around the world, governments are making cities “smarter” by using data and digital technology to build more efficient…

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Harnessing the Internet of Things to Augment Life

Harnessing the Internet of Things to Augment Life

.entry-header It can seem that everything in the modern household is interconnected – there’s good reason for this perception. The government invested £24m into IoT (Internet of Things) appliances over the past three years, with analysis finding that this had led to serious investment in consumer appliances. The result is that there are now gadgets that can slot into a wide range…

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Artificial Intelligence Poised to Improve Lives of People With Disabilities

Artificial Intelligence Poised to Improve Lives of People With Disabilities

Are you looking forward to a future filled with smart cognitive systems? Does artificial intelligence sound too much like Big Brother? For many of us, these technologies promise more freedom, not less. One of the distinctive features of cognitive systems is the ability to engage with us, and the world, in more human-like ways. Through advances in machine learning, cognitive…

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SMART CITIES – DIGITAL SOLUTIONS FOR A MORE LIVABLE FUTURE

Screenshot-2018-5-10 When kids put on their urban planner hats – cities are better for everyone

Cities are home to more than half of the world’s population, and they are expected to add another” “2.5 billion new residents by 2050. They face increasing environmental pressures and infrastructure needs—and growing demands from residents to deliver a better quality of life and to do so at a sustainable cost. Smart technologies can help cities meet these challenges, and…

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