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London’s Chief Digital Officer Talks The Smart City Transition

Screenshot_2018-08-13 London’s Chief Digital Officer talks the smart city transition

London’s Chief Digital Officer talks the smart city transition © iStock / MarioGuti Government Europa spoke to London’s first Chief Digital Officer, Theo Blackwell, about how the city is pledging to lead the way and create a bundle of small smart cities within London. Cities throughout Europe are in transition; becoming smarter, using technology to make them more sustainable and…

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The Top 10 Smart Cities Around the World

Discover What is So Unique About The Top 10 Smart Cities of World

Highest Ranked Smart Cities of 2018-19   Eden Strategy Institute and OXD (ONG&ONG Experience Design) have come up with the top 50 smart cities of 2018-19. According to Eden Strategy Institute, this is one-of-its-kind independent ranking conducted for the first time that takes into consideration the roles that city governments play in leading a smart city strategy. The research studied…

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How Can Governments and Companies Build Accessibility into Emerging Tech Like Iot and AI?

How Can Governments and Companies Build Accessibility into Emerging Tech Like Iot and AI?

Erich Manser has run 18 marathons and set an Ironman world record for a physically-challenged athlete. He’s also legally blind. For him—and all athletes who are blind—carefully navigating the swirling stampede of runners, the chaotic cowbell-banging crowds, and the crush at water stations can be exceptionally tricky, even with the help of a guide. So when Manser ran the Boston…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Schoolhouse Tech: Why Smart Cities Must Also Be Inclusive Ones – Hypepotamus

Schoolhouse Tech: Why Smart Cities Must Also Be Inclusive Ones – Hypepotamus

I recently had the pleasure of accompanying the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) on its annual LINK trip in my capacity as the ARC’s citizen board member for the City of Atlanta. The purpose of the trip is for more than 100 government, business and non-profit sector leaders to visit other cities to learn from their successes and failures in addressing…

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Toronto Conference Live Streaming: How To Make Cities Both Smart And Inclusive

Urban experts come to U of T for conference on how to make cities both smart and inclusive

Cities around the world are looking for smart solutions to urban problems and are embracing technology to help them do so. At the same time, the gap between rich and poor in urban centres is growing – driving low income residents farther away from city centres. An upcoming conference held at the University of Toronto’s downtown campus is exploring how…

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Ford’s Prototype Smart Car Windows Allow Blind People To ‘Feel The View’

Ford’s Prototype Smart Car Windows Allow Blind People To ‘Feel The View’

Ford has unveiled a prototype smart car window that will allow blind people to “feel the view” that sighted drivers can enjoy. “From rolling hills to mountain ranges, views make any road trip memorable, but for blind passengers this is part of the experience that they miss,” the company said. The smart car window aims to change this by enabling…

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Co-Creation is Shaping the Future of Smart Cities

Co-Creation is Shaping the Future of Smart Cities

How co-creation is shaping the future of cities As the famous urban activist Jane Jacobs once wrote, “Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” It’s a truth that lies at the heart of a number of urban co-creation projects, which tap into the collective knowledge of citizens to…

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Apps and Technologies That Make Smart Cities More Inclusive

Smart cities and smart citizens: the apps and the technologies that make cities more inclusive and open | URBACT

Even just walking on Via del Corso in Rome or on Esplanadi in Helsinki it is possible to notice how much people live their city through the smartphones, but we rarely focus on how the use of the new technologies is contributing to promote inclusion and participation to the life of the urban contexts. The metropolitan areas of Helsinki and…

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Smart Cities At The Crossroads Of People-Centered Urban Planning

Smart Cities At The Crossroads Of People-Centered Urban Planning

Are smart cities another fad that benefits only big tech companies, or can the power of citizen sensing help make life better for all who call the city home? Who would have thought frogs could be enlisted in the fight against household mould? It happened in Bristol in the United Kingdom when a digital ‘damp’ sensor in the form of…

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Google Maps Unveils Wheelchair Accessible Transit Routes

Screenshot-2018-3-19 Google Maps Unveils Wheelchair Accessible Transit Routes

Google Maps is filling in an important detail for its transit navigation by giving users the option to check a box that will highlight wheelchair accessible stations. The addition of wheelchair accessibility is meant to round out other location and direction features on a global basis. “This feature is rolling out in major metropolitan transit centers … Continue reading Google Maps…

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Will Smart Cities Precipitate an “Efficiency Trap”? 

Will Smart Cities Precipitate an “Efficiency Trap”? 

Technological fixes such as smart cities make a system more complex, resulting in “wicked problems” that require ever more extensive technological remedies. In October 2016, at the World Urban Forum 8 in Quito, Ecuador, UN Habitat launched its third planning cycle with Habitat III, now known as the New Urban Agenda. The agenda defines the work of the global urban…

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Inside Google’s Plan To Build A Smart City Neighborhood In Toronto

Screenshot-2018-3-16 Inside Google’s plan to build a smart neighborhood in Toronto

article-context-nav context-nav article article-hero-lede article-hero article-contents post-contents On the Sidewalk Labs website is a 200-page document explaining its vision for a smart neighborhood in Toronto. It’s packed with illustrations that show a warm, idyllic community full of grassy parks, modular buildings and underground tunnels with delivery robots and internet cabling inside. The text describes “a truly complete community” that’s free…

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