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Designers Are Driving Culture Change in City Hall

Designers Are Driving Culture Change in City Hall

Designers — real modern designers who conduct human-centric research to create products and pages that work for people rather than systems — have started to arrive in local government, bringing with them philosophies that are changing cultures. This culture change is one in which governments have begun to modify their services to better meet the needs of constituents, seeing themselves…

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The Inclusive Transport Strategy: Achieving Equal Access For Disabled People

The Inclusive Transport Strategy: Achieving Equal Access For Disabled People

Ministerial foreword A society that works for all Transport is at the heart of how we live our lives. It helps us get to work, stay in touch with friends and family, contribute to society and access vital services like healthcare and education. Easy access to transport is central to building a stronger, fairer economy. While many take for granted…

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Adaptive Technology Programs Turn to Robotics and IoT to Help People Who Have Disabilities

Adaptive Technology Programs Turn to Robotics and IoT to Help People Who Have Disabilities

Smart technologies, such as robotic telepresence and the Internet of Things (IoT), are capturing the attention of adaptive technology programs in state and local governments, as well as educational institutions, according to experts. IoT and robotic telepresence are among the latest adaptive technology (AT) efforts states are deploying, as they seek to deliver on the 30-year-old Technology-Related Assistance Act of…

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What Does “Smart city” Mean?

What Does “Smart city” Mean?

Learn, adapt and innovate and thereby respond more effectively and promptly to changing circumstances by improving the intelligence of the city. They evolve towards a strong integration of all dimensions of human intelligence, collective intelligence, and also artificial intelligence within the city. The intelligence of cities “resides in the increasingly effective combination of digital telecommunication networks (the nerves), ubiquitously embedded…

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Smart Cities: How Cities Will Overcome Challenges of Implementing 5G Technology – Syndeo

Smart Cities: How Cities Will Overcome Challenges of Implementing 5G Technology – Syndeo

#post-media The next major step in wireless networking is the 5G network. This new technology promises faster speeds, more stable connections, and the ability to connect just about everything from homes to cars to smartphones. With this new network, the idea of the smart city may finally become a reality. The 5G network will help city planners and technology vendors…

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Manifesto For Human, Creative And Smart Cities Presented In Brazil

Manifesto For Human, Creative And Smart Cities Presented In Brazil

OASC Brazil publishes a Manifesto to raise awareness among city leaders and stimulate the implementation of social, economic and digital policies. The Manifesto has been shared with Brazilian authorities. A joint collaboration of OASC Brazil and OASC Portugal: Cláudio Nascimento (at speaker desk, left) and Margarida Campolargo (1st from the right) have presented the Brazilian Manifesto for human, creative, and…

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Top Smart City Governments 2018

Screenshot_2018-07-19 London, Singapore lead ranking of world’s smart cities

London and Singapore topped a list of the world’s 50 smartest cities released by Eden Strategy Institute, following a study conducted by OXD. Seoul, New York City and Helsinki, Finland rounded out the top five. The study examined the role governments play in creating smart cities and ranked them on several criteria, including budget, clarity of vision, leadership, support programs…

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Towards Inclusive Cities from the European Disability Forum

Screenshot_2018-07-17 New policy brief “Towards inclusive cities Making UN Sustainable Development Goal 11 a reality in Eur[…]

EDF just launched its new policy brief titled “Towards inclusive cities: Making UN Sustainable Development Goal 11 a reality in Europe”. The presentation of this paper took during a side event to the  High Level Political Forum 2018 on Sustainable Development. The side event ““Goal 11: inclusion of persons with disabilities in societies” was organised by EDF, in partnership with…

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What Lawyers Should Know about Digital Accessibility, the ADA, and More

What Lawyers Should Know about Digital Accessibility, the ADA, and More

An Overview for Legal Teams on ADA, Section 508 Issues Affecting Websites and Other Digital Assets Business owners, legal teams, web and communications teams, and developers are experiencing a wave of legal actions and civil rights complaints. These actions—and the resulting court decisions—are stretching society’s understanding of what constitutes online discrimination and how the ADA and related laws apply to…

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Seattle Rolls Out New Community Engagement Framework – News | Planetizen

Seattle Rolls Out New Community Engagement Framework – News | Planetizen

Seattle wants to make it easier for residents to learn about developers’ plans in their area. “Often in the design process,” Stephen Fesler writes, “developments move to local design review boards where the proposals are seen for the first time and are well set in their direction having had little or no community feedback.” A new set of guidelines, in effect starting…

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Carlo Ratti: the Unconventional ‘Smart City’ Philosopher

Carlo Ratti, the Unconventional ‘Smart City’ Philosopher – CityLab

Carlo Ratti evangelizes the concept of a “real-time city,” where physical and social networks are in constant interplay, knitted together by a layer of digital sensors. Daniele Ratti The Sensory City Philosopher Architect, engineer, and inventor Carlo Ratti envisions a future for urban design that’s interactive. If you ever have two hours to kill in Cambridge, Massachusetts, skip the museums…

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How the Blockchain Can Help the Homeless

How the Blockchain Can Help the Homeless

Madison McVeigh/CityLab/David Ryder/Reuters The Tech That’s Changing How Cities Help the Homeless From mapping apps to the blockchain, new tools are intended to give cities the information they need to address this growing challenge. Every day, a team of community health paramedics in Austin, Texas, fans out across the city to provide aid to the growing number of people on…

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For Smart Cities, Blockchain Technology Opens New Possibilities

For Smart Cities, Blockchain Technology Opens New Possibilities

.blog-post-single-thumb For Smart Cities, Blockchain Technology Opens New Possibilities .blog-post-meta Today, Americans have supercomputers in their pockets, on their wrists, in their cars and in their home appliances. Internet usage is at an all-time high, with 89 percent of the population having access in 2018 — compared to 52 percent in 2000. According to the Pew Research Center, nearly 90…

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Using Apps and Data to Help the Disabled Navigate Cities

Screenshot_2018-07-11 Access all areas Using data to help the disabled navigate cities

Technology can help people with disabilities get around cities – but it must provide reliable information tailored for varying needs BARCELONA – Entrepreneur Josep Esteba became so frustrated trying to get around his native Spain in a wheelchair for more than 20 years that he embarked on a mission to map cities for disabled people all over the world. “Many…

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A People First Approach to Smart Cities…

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As part of a #SmartCity #PeopleFirst approach, it’s incumbent upon everyone to acknowledge our collective responsibility as fellow human beings to remove access barriers preventing persons who are aging, #disabled and other underserved populations from equitable civic engagement. pic.twitter.com/vhweMbkyhi — Smart Cities Library™ (@SmartCitiesL) July 10, 2018

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Trends In Mobile Accessibility: Artificial Intelligence and Smart Cities

Trends In Mobile Accessibility: Artificial Intelligence and Smart Cities

The 7th M-Enabling Summit opened its doors to around 600 participants from 30 countries. The opening panel on Artificial Intelligence (AI) heard representatives of Microsoft, Amazon and Oath (the company coming out of the merger of AOL and yahoo) talk about the immense and exciting potential of AI. These included how Amazon’s Alexa is helping in speech therapy for autistic…

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How Cities are Getting Smart Using Artificial Intelligence

How Cities are Getting Smart Using Artificial Intelligence | Getting Smart

Spending on smart cities technology will be about $80 billion, perhaps $135 billion by 2021, according to a new report. These investments will make spread opportunity and make cities more convenient and sustainable. But they come with new complex challenges. In an interview with China Global Television, I discussed smart cities and the technology that’s driving them. What makes a city…

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Pokémon Might Become the New Smart City Urban Accessibility Master

Screenshot_2018-07-06 Pokémon GO

Pokémon Might Become the New Smart City Urban Accessibility Master Not just a child’s game anymore. For the estimated 53 million U.S. adults living with disabilities, moving around and within a city may feel like an obstacle course. Hilly terrain and elevated pathways can prove daunting for people with disabilities (PWDs). There’s also the problem of cracked sidewalks and poorly designed…

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